Papacy, Monarchy and Marriage 860–1600

Papacy, Monarchy and Marriage 860–1600

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David d'Avray
Cambridge University Press, 3/30/2015
EAN 9781107062535, ISBN10: 1107062535

Hardcover, 370 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 3 cm
Language: English

This analysis of royal marriage cases across seven centuries explains how and how far popes controlled royal entry into and exits from their marriages. In the period between c.860 and 1600, the personal lives of kings became the business of the papacy. d'Avray explores the rationale for papal involvement in royal marriages and uses them to analyse the structure of church-state relations. The marital problems of the Carolingian Lothar II, of English kings - John, Henry III, and Henry VIII - and other monarchs, especially Spanish and French, up to Henri IV of France and La Reine Margot, have their place in this exploration of how canon law came to constrain pragmatic political manoeuvring within a system increasingly rationalised from the mid-thirteenth century on. Using documents presented in the author's Dissolving Royal Marriages, the argument brings out hidden connections between legal formality, annulments, and dispensations, at the highest social level.

1. Introduction
2. A Gallican forerunner
3. Concepts
4. Polygyny
5. Emotional persuasion in a public sphere
Nicholas I and Lothar
6. Canon law subverts itself
7. Due process
8. Biological kinship
9. Spiritual kinship
10. Impotence and magic
11. Pre-puberty marriage
12. Physical impotence
13. Adult non-consummation and pre-contract
14. Henry VIII's biblical bid
15. Reception of dispensation
plaisance and Henri IV
16. Diverging trends
annulments and dispensations
17. Annulments and dispensations
two theological rationalities
18. Dispensations and their diplomatic
19. Ten theses and an argument