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Drawing on a variety of felony and literary assets, this e-book bargains a entire research into the acceptability of violence in marriage at a time whilst social expectancies of gender and marriage have been in transition.

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Summa Confessorum, trans. F. Broomfield (Louvain: Analecta Medieavalie Namurcensia, v. 25, 1968), 185. 57 See chapter two of Thomas A. Green, Verdict According to Conscience: Perspectives on the English Criminal Trial Jury 1200–1800 (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1985). 58 Legal fictions of this nature, particularly in cases arising from marital violence, might be very misleading and thus require a healthy dose of scepticism. 59 A death by misadventure might mask the homicide of a wife’s lover; the task of the historian is to discover if the indictments or marginalia offer any clues that might reveal the genuine story behind it and thus offer a better understanding of communal values.

Recent studies confirm that medieval English society thought violence was integral to maleness. H. Cullum has argued that “two of the activities which most obviously characterized the ideal of masculinity. . ”29 Similarly, Ruth Mazo Karras, in her study of university students in the Middle Ages, noted that students found themselves in a very complex situation. Students, who belonged to (albeit lower orders of ) the clergy, were uncomfortable with the idea of renouncing their masculinity by leading chaste, peaceful lives for the duration of their studies.

While the church and its representatives envisioned a hierarchy of gender-specific roles, they may not have expected disparity between husband and wife as great as was often the case. The work of one of Januensis’s contemporaries, a Polish Dominican friar named Peregrinus, who compiled a remarkably popular collection of Latin sermons, also addresses the complicated nature of the marital hierarchy and its potential for abuse. The sermons in his collection reveal an even more complex, but intuitive, perspective on the matter of marital relations.

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