In this volume, now available in paperback, Georges Duby addresses the themes of love and marriage in the middle ages and shows that the structure of sexual relationships took its cue from the family and from feudalism.
Sources and Acknowledgments. Authors Note. Part I: Love and Marriage. 1. Marriage in early medieval society. 2. What do we know about love in twelfth-century France?. 3. The matron and the mismarried woman. 4. On courtly love. 5. Le Roman de la Rose. 6. Towards a history of women in France and Spain. Part II: Family Structures. . 7. Family structures in the West during the Middle Ages. 8. An examination of aristocratic family structures in eleventh-century France in relation to State structures. 9. Philip Augustus's France. Social changes in aristocratic circles. Part III: Culture, Values and Society. . 10. Problems and methods in cultural history. 11. The history of value systems. 12. The Renaissance of the twelfth century: audience and patronage. 13. Observations of physical pain in the Middle Ages. 14. Memories without historians. 15. Heresies and societies in pre-industrial Europe between the eleventh and eighteenth centuries. Index.