Medieval Marriage, Misogamy, Misogyny

  • Linda Marie RouillardEmail author
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


This chapter provides an overview of Roman and clerical misogamy, in contrast with the mystification of marriage used as a metaphor to illustrate the relationship between Christ and the Church, and between God and the soul. It also summarizes the evolution of marriage from Roman times to the Middle Ages and the manner in which the Church used matrimony to increase its authority over the laity. This chapter also contrasts finʼamor rhetorique used to describe an incestuous union with the language used to describe the genuine affection of legitimate partners. The role of ritual sexual abstinence depicted in La Manekine is compared to then-contemporary clerical guidance on sexual behavior. This chapter concludes with a consideration of the way in which Philippe de Rémi subtly accepted the importance of mutual consent, but reshaped it to address aristocratic material concerns by creating a virtuous female protagonist.


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