This book is in very good condition. The dust jacket has a little wear along the edges, but is otherwise in very good condition. Internally the pages are clean, tight and unmarked - almost as new.
In a chronological and geographical study of royal divorce cases from the Middle Ages through to the Reformation, d'Avray offers a truly comparative perspective on elite divorce, tracing its evolution over time, and providing original translations of documents which illuminate the canon law arguments on which the cases were built. Dissolving Royal Marriages adopts a unique chronological and geographical perspective to present a comparative overview of royal divorce cases from the Middle Ages through to the Reformation period. Drawing from original translations of key source documents, the book sheds new light on some of the most prominent and elite divorce proceedings in Western history, including Henry VIII's divorce from Catherine of Aragon. The comprehensive commentary that accompanies these materials allows readers to grasp, for the first time, how the constructs of canon law helped shape the legal arguments on which specific cases were founded, and better understand the events that actually unfolded in the courtrooms. In his case-by-case exploration of elaborate witness statements, extensive legal negotiations and political wrangling, d'Avray shows us how little the canonical law for the dissolution of marriage changed over time in this fascinating new study of Church-state relations and papal power over princes.