Mia Korpiola, LL.D. (2004) in Legal History, University of Helsinki, is Reader (Docent) in Legal History and Research fellow (HCAS). She has published many articles on medieval and early modern marriage in addition to Between Betrothal and Bedding (Brill, 2009).
All those interested in the (legal) history of medieval marriage, medieval law, and the Church as well as family and property strategies.
“Mia Korpiola has edited an excellent collection concerning the local histories and broad themes of the legal aspects of marriage. This collection is a welcome addition to recent scholarship, which has focused not simply on discussions of matrimonial law in theory but also in practice. Korpiola has bridged the gap that exists in the accounts of medieval marriage between works examining Christendom as a whole and histories providing focused case studies of particular areas for the benefit of a local readership...”
Heather Parker (University of Toronto), Studies in Religion 42(3) Sept 2013.
Table of contents
List of Contributors ... vii
List of Illustrations ... ix
1. Introduction: Regional Variations and Harmonization in Medieval Matrimonial Law ... 1
2. E pluribus unum: Custom, the Professionalization of Medieval Law, and Regional Variations in Marriage Formation ... 21
*James A. Brundage
3. The Regional Origins of Theories about Marital Consent and Consummation during the Twelfth Century ... 43
*Philip L. Reynolds
4. Separation and Marital Property in Late Medieval England and the Franco-Belgian Region ... 77
*Monique Vleeschouwers-Van Melkebeek
5. Widows, Property, and Law in Lithuania and Some Other Countries ... 99
6. Images of Marriage: A Comparison of Law, Custom, and Practice in Medieval Europe ... 117
7. A Regional Cluster? Italian Secular Laws on Abduction, Forced and Clandestine Marriage (Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries) ... 147
8. Forfeiting the Marriage Portion: Punishing Female Adultery in the Secular Courts of England and Italy ... 161
9. Marriage Disputes in the Consistorial Court of Freising in the Late Middle Ages ... 189
10. Marriage Causes in Late Medieval Sweden: The Evidence of Bishop Hans Brask’s Register (1522–27) ... 211
11. The Marriage Process in the Light of Family Correspondence: A Comparative Perspective on the Swedish Evidence ... 251
12. Rituals before Tribunals in Renaissance Italy: Continuity and Change, 1400–1600 ... 275
*Cecilia Cristellon and Silvana Seidel Menchi
13. Conclusion: Comparative Approaches to Marriage in the Later Middle Ages ... 289
*Charles Donahue, Jr.
Index ... 317