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By Ludwig Schmugge

ISBN-10: 0813220173

ISBN-13: 9780813220178

In the 1st special research of papal reformatory fabrics on marriage, popular medieval historian Ludwig Schmugge tells the fascinating tales of seduced maidens, too-closely-related husbands and better halves, and hundreds of thousands of who confronted lawsuits―all of whom had transgressed marriage legislations on a variety of grounds within the center a while. This paintings vividly describes the various person situations and gives new perception into the social and criminal pressures on marriage within the center Ages.

At a time while betrothal, marriage, and sexual morals have been strictly topic to the church's legislation, petitions from abounded. greater than 2 hundred clerics of the penal complex within the papal curia dedicated their time and a focus to those petitions by myself. With unparalleled thoroughness, Schmugge sifted during the thick volumes of registers within the Vatican mystery records for his learn. right here he provides the fascinating, nearly incredible, and sometimes scandalous fates of those overdue medieval women and men, whereas highlighting the real connection among the papal monarchy and the social historical past of the laity within the later center Ages.


Ludwig Schmugge, the major professional at the papal prison and a professor of medieval heritage, is president of the clinical committee of the German historic Institute in Rome. Atria A. Larson got her Ph.D. in medieval reports from the Catholic college of the US in 2010 and spent the 2009-2010 educational 12 months on a Fulbright furnish in Munich, Germany.


"This is a fluent and stylish translation of a e-book initially released in German . . .It offers a brand new physique of facts that has a lot to inform us approximately medieval marriage. it's going to motivate different students to hold out related experiences for various ecu areas, following the author's very good instance in combining neighborhood facts with those Vatican sources." ―Renaissance Quarterly

"In a hugely obtainable kind, Ludwig Schmugge renders understandable the canon legislations on marriage and its similar felony methods. His research analyzes the "piteous, intriguing, occasionally virtually incredible, and infrequently scandalous tales" of petitioners to the papal detention center . . . A tender translation renders the author's issues in actual fact, and the eye to clarification makes the e-book obtainable and relaxing to these and not using a robust heritage in canon law." ―Comitatus

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61 The rejection of a judge 57. 1769. 58. 208. 59. 1745 (year 1482). 60. 919. 61. 47 (Mainz, 1490). 63 A Roman prelate or member of the curia was commissioned with the investigation of the request for pardon only when the petitioners were present in Rome. ”64 In each case in which a commission was made outside the norm (that is, when it was not issued to the local bishop of the suppliant), one should suspect that something unusual might lie behind it. Why in the world did a request from the year 1487 for the grace to absolve the count of Leiningen and Dagsburg and his noble concubine (whom he kept while she was still married) and to allow them to marry not go to the bishop of Strasburg?

588. 32 The Treasures of the Papal Pardon Office than the ordinary under Innocent VIII and especially under Alexander VI, the reason could also certainly be that the petentes sought to influence the decision in their favor through the incorporation of judges delegate favorably inclined to them. Instructions of the Penitentiary: Prohibition of Intercourse; Fines In some cases the penitentiary combined instructions with the granting of a pardon. With several marriage dispensations of the time of Pius II (1458–64), in cases of a deliberate failure to heed the impediment of a spiritual relationship, these instructions consisted of the prohibition to sleep together as a married couple.

The Treasures of the Papal Pardon Office 21 Peter Kegeler and Katharina from the Lorch of Mainz had to follow the other course through the curial offices. On June 21, 1468, the penitentiary had conferred on them the permission to remain married in spite of kinship by marriage in the fourth degree. 34 In this one the two declared that they were related in the third degree and had contracted the marriage clandestinely in the knowledge of that fact and had also consummated the marriage. On this count they fell into automatic excommunication.

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