The Trials and Joys of Marriage

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The disparate texts in this anthology, produced in England between the late thirteenth and the early sixteenth centuries, challenge, and in some cases parody and satirize, the institution of marriage. In so doing, according to the Introduction, they allow us to interrogate the traditional assumptions that shape the idea of the medieval household. The trials of marriage seem to outweigh its joys at times and, as some of these texts suggest, maintaining a sense of humor in the face of what must have been great difficulty ...

The Trials and Joys of Marriage 2002, Medieval Institute Publications, Kalamazoo

ISBN-13: 9781580440356

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