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Abstract. Incest is a frequent motif in medieval literature. It was more broadly defined in the Middle Ages than today; definitions in lawcodes varied from century to century, but at its broadest incest meant sexual relations with any relative, however distant, including in-laws (consanguinity and affinity), and also with ‘spiritual relatives’ such as godparents, godchildren, and : Elizabeth Archibald. The Development of Medieval Incest Laws Observance of the Incest Rules in the Middle Ages 2. THE CLASSICAL LEGACY Incest in Classical Myth, Legend, and Literature Christian Approaches to Classical Incest Stories Medieval Adaptations of Classical Incest Stories 3. MOTHERS AND SONS Medieval Oedipuses: Judas, Gregorius, and Their Literary Descendants. the development of incest regulations in the early middle ages: family, nurturance, and aggression in the making of the medieval west By JOHN HOWARD FOWLER AbstractAuthor: JOHN HOWARD FOWLER. The Development of Medieval Incest Laws 26 Observance of the Incest Rules in the Middle Ages 41 2. THE CLASSICAL LEGACY 53 Incest in Classical Myth, Legend, and Literature 54 Christian Approaches to Classical Incest Stories 66 Medieval Adaptations of Classical Incest Stories 70 Conclusion 3. MOTHERS AND SONS Medieval Oedipuses: Judas.
In this book I shall explore medieval uses of the incest motif in a variety of literary genres, including romance, hagiography, and exempla. In order to establish the social and literary context, in the first chapter I consider the historical development of medieval incest laws by the Church and the extent to which they were accepted and. Medieval Considerations of Incest, Marriage, and Penance focuses on the incest motif as used in numerous medieval narratives. Explaining the weakness of great rulers, such as Charlemagne, or the fall of legendary heroes, such as Arthur, incest stories also reflect on changes to the sacramental regulations and practices related to marriage and penance. Three great traditions lay at the roots of the medieval doctrine of incest: the Roman tradition (through Roman law which was adopted by the early Christian Church, a tradition which was still alive in the territories of the Roman Empire where a population living according to a vulgarised Roman law survived), Judaic tradition (Old Testament principles regulating life in the family and the early Christian rules . Prohibition of incest laws may extend to restrictions on marriage rights, which also vary between jurisdictions. Most jurisdictions prohibit parent-child and sibling marriages, while other also prohibit first-cousin and uncle-niece and aunt-nephew marriages. In most places, incest is illegal, regardless of the ages of the two partners.
Incest is a remarkably frequent theme in medieval literature; it occurs in a wide range of genres, including romances, saints's lives, and exempla. Historically, the Church in the later Middle Ages was very concerned about breaches of the complex laws against incest, which was defined very broadly at the time to cover family relationships outside the nuclear family and also spiritual Reviews: 1. The laws became sex neutral and the language was more clinical than moral, putting them in line with feminist psychology and social work, exemplified by Judith Lewis Herman’s landmark book. Literary analysis is framed by consideration of the social, historical, and theological contexts, medieval and earlier, such as the development of incest laws in Greco-Roman and Judeo-Christian. Incest was a social problem in the Middle Ages, and also a popular literary theme. This wide-ranging study is the first survey of medieval incest stories in their cultural context.