Religion

Spiritual Marriage: Sexual Abstinence in Medieval Wedlock

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$55.00 / £46.00
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Published:
11/05/1995
Copyright:
1993
Pages:
392
Size:
6 x 9.25 in.
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The early Christian and medieval practice of spiritual marriage, in which husband and wife mutually and voluntarily relinquish sexual activity for reasons of piety, plays an important role in the development of the institution of marriage and in the understanding of female religiosity. Drawing on hagiography, chronicles, theology, canon law, and pastoral sources, Dyan Elliott traces the history of spiritual marriage in the West from apostolic times to the beginning of the sixteenth century.