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No Peep of Protest

Barbara Newman: Medieval Marriage, 19 July 2018

Conduct Becoming: Good Wives and Husbands in the Later Middle Ages 
by Glenn Burger.
Pennsylvania, 262 pp., £50, September 2017, 978 0 8122 4960 6
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... have long used conduct books to illustrate the brutally patriarchal nature of medieval marriage. Glenn Burger’s Conduct Becoming strikes a new, counterintuitive note. In his telling, the Knight of the Tower and others like him were actually raising the moral profile of marriage. Until the 14th century wedlock had no ideological prestige, even though ...

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