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Author Gies, Frances, author.

Title Marriage and the family in the Middle ages / Frances and Joseph Gies.

Publication Info. New York : Harper & Row, [1987]


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe 3rd Floor Stacks  306.8509 G363m 1987    ---  Available
Edition First edition.
Description viii, 372 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-358) and index.
Contents I. Origins : -- Historians discover the family -- Roots: Roman, German, Christian -- II. The early Middle Ages : -- The European family: 500-700 -- The Carolingian age -- Anglo-Saxon England: marriage and the family in the year 1000 -- III. The high Middle Ages : -- The family revolution of the eleventh century -- The twelfth century: new family models -- Peasants before the Black Death: 1200-1347 -- The aristocratic lineage: perils of primogeniture -- Children in the high Middle Ages: marriage and the family in the year 1300 -- IV. The late Middle Ages : -- The impact of the Black Death -- The late Medieval peasant family: 1350-1500 -- A family of the English landed gentry -- A merchant's family in fifteenth-century Florence: marriage and the family after the Black Death -- V. The end of the Middle Ages : -- Legacy.
Summary History of the development of marriage and the family in the Middle Ages.
Traces the development of marriage and the family from the Middle Ages to the early modern era. It describes how the Roman and barbarian cultural streams merged under the influence of the Christian Church to forge new family concepts, customs, laws, and practices. Century by century, the book follows the development of significant elements in the history of the family, including: The basic functions of the family as a production unit, as well as its religious, social, judicial, and educational roles, and its surrender of one role after another to the growing power of State and Church; The shift of marriage from private arrangement between families to public ceremony between individuals, and the adjustments among dowry, bride-price, and counter-dowry to the advantage of one or another of the parties and their families; The development of consanguinity rules and incest taboos in Church Law and lay custom and their effects on marriage and the dissolution of marriage; -- Kindred lineage: the changing role of the two kinds of supra-family groupings, one contemporary, one ancestral; The peasant family in its varying conditions of free and unfree, poor, middling, and rich. It also discusses the aristocratic estate, the problem of the younger son, and the disinheritance of daughters; The Black Death and its long-term effects on the family; Sex attitudes and customs: the effects of variations in age of men and of women at marriage; The changing physical environment of noble, peasant, and urban families; and Arrangements by families for old age and retirement. -- Publisher description
Subject Marriage -- History.
Families -- History.
Social history -- Medieval, 500-1500.
Marriage -- History.
Marriage -- history. (DNLM)D008393Q000266
Marriage -- History. (local)26757
Families. (OCoLC)fst01728849
Marriage. (OCoLC)fst01010443
Social history -- Medieval. (OCoLC)fst01710998
Social conditions -- Medieval, 500-1500.
Chronological Term 500-1500
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Author Gies, Joseph, author.
ISBN 0060157917
0060914688 (pbk.)
9780060914684 (pbk.)

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