Kvinnors vandel och brutet äktenskapslöfte. Några exempel från senmedeltida rättegångsregister

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According to medieval canon law a marriage secretly contracted, by mutual consent only, was perfectly valid. It was however difficult to prove tha such a marriage had taken place, if one of the parties denied it. This problem was fairly common and a number of such cases are recorded in medieval Court rolls.
In this article I study if/to what extent the parties previous sexual activities and/or reputation influenced the Court's decisions in such cases.
My principal source are cases from the register of the Ofiicials' Court at Cerisy, Normandy, 1314-1346
The study includes comparative material from late medieval - early modern swedish courts.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • History of Ideas


  • Medieval Canon Law, Marriage litigation, Cerisy
Original languageSwedish
JournalHistorielärarnas Förenings Årsskrift
Publication statusUnpublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch