Power over the Body, Equality in the Family
Rights and Domestic Relations in Medieval Canon Law
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The term “conjugal rights” has long characterized ways of speaking about marriage both in the canonistic tradition and in the secular legal systems of the West. This book explores the origins and dimensions of this concept and the range of meanings that have attached to it from the twelfth century to the present.
Employing far-ranging sources, Charles Reid Jr. examines the language of marriage in classical Roman law, the Germanic legal codes of early medieval Europe, and the writings of canon lawyers and theologians from the medieval and early modern periods. The heart of the book, however, consists of the writings of the canonists of the High Middle Ages, especially the works of Hostiensis, Bernard of Parma, Innocent IV, and Raymond de Peñafort. Reid's incisive survey provides a new understanding of subjects such as the right of parties to marry free of parental coercion, the nature of “paternal power,” the place of bodies in the marriage contract, the meaning and implications of gender equality, and the right of inheritance.
Power over the Body, Equality in the Family by Reid was published by Eerdmans Publishing Company in January 2005 and is our 29358th best seller. The ISBN for Power over the Body, Equality in the Family is 9780802822116.
|Page last updated||14th June 2013|
|Author / Artist||Reid|
|Publisher||Eerdmans Publishing Company (January 2005)|
|Number of Pages||335|