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Early Modern History: Society and Culture

Marriage, the Church, and its Judges in Renaissance Venice, 1420-1545

Authors: Cristellon, Cecilia

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  • Investigates Venetian matrimonial tribunals from 1420 until the opening of the Council of Trent in 1545
  • Systematically explores the tribunal's activities during this crucial epoch for the first time
  • Offers an account of changes introduced by the Council and their tumultuous effects
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This book investigates the actions of marriage tribunals by analyzing the richest source of marriage suits extant in Italy, those of the Venetian ecclesiastical tribunal, between 1420 and the opening of the Council of Trent. It offers a strongly representative overview of the changes the Council introduced to centuries-old marriage practices, relegating it to the realm of marginality and deviance and nearly erasing the memory of it altogether. From the eleventh century onward, the Church assured itself of a jurisdictional monopoly over the matter of marriage, operating both in concert and in conflict with secular authorities by virtue of marriage’s civil consequences, the first of which regarded the legitimacy of children. Secular tribunals were responsible for patrimonial matters between spouses, though the Church at times inserted itself into these matters either directly, by substituting itself for the secular authority, or indirectly, by influencing Rulings through their own sentences. Lay magistratures, for their part, somewhat eroded the authority of ecclesiastical tribunals by continuing to exercise autonomous jurisdiction over marriage, especially regarding separation and crimes strictly connected to the nuptial bond and its definition, including adultery, bigamy, and rape.


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Cecilia Cristellon is Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Konstanz University, Germany and Research Fellow in Early Modern History in the Cluster of Excellence on ‘The Formation of Normative Orders’ in Frankfurt am Main.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Marriage, the Church, and its Judges in Renaissance Venice, 1420-1545
Authors
Series Title
Early Modern History: Society and Culture
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-38800-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-38800-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-38799-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81749-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 286
Additional Information
Translated from the Italian edition: La carità e l'eros. Il matrimonio, la Chiesa, i suoi giudici nella Venezia del Rinascimento (1420-1545) (Annali dell'Istituto storico italo-germanico in Trento. Monografie, 58) Bologna: il Mulino 2010.
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