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  • Record Number: 28182
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Richardson , Henry Gerald,
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  • Title: The Marriage of Isabelle of Angoulême: A Problem of Canon Law
  • Source: Collectanea Stephan Kuttner. II.  Edited by Giuseppe Forchielli and Alfons M. SticklerStudia Gratiana, 12.  Institutum Gratianum, 1967.  Pages 397 - 423.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Betrothal Canon Law Hugh IX, Count of La Marche Isabelle d'Angouleme, Wife of John, King of England Marriage Politics Queens
  • Geographic Area: British Isles; France
  • Century: 12- 13
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  • Abstract: The accounts of King John’s marriage given by chroniclers and followed by modern historians are shown to be incompatible with canon law and unacceptable. John’s marriage to Isabelle of Angoulême can be understood only in relation to the marriage of Count Hugh IX of La Marche to Isabelle’s cousin Matilda. It becomes clear that Hugh was lawfully released from his engagement to Isabelle, who was still a child, and in her place given Matilda, who was the king’s ward. There was no abduction of Isabelle and, as certified at the time by six bishops, John’s marriage was strictly canonical.
  • Author's Affiliation: British Academy
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  • Year of Publication: 1967.
  • Language: English
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