Medieval marriage has been widely discussed, and this book gives a brief and accessible overview of an important subject. Covering the entire medieval period, it engages with a wide range of primary sources, both legal and literary, drawing particular attention to local English legislation and practice. Focusing on a number of key themes important across the period, individual chapters discuss the themes of consent, property, alliance, love, sex, family, divorce, and widowhood. There are new readings of passages from medieval English literary texts, among them Beowulf, the works of Chaucer, Langland's Piers Plowman, the Book of Margery Kempe and the letters of the Paston family.
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