Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 729
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Cohen , Esther and Elliott. Horowitz
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  • Title: In search of the sacred: Jews, Christians, and rituals of marriage in the later Middle Ages [For many centuries, Jews lived among Christians in most of Europe, and despite religious differences there was much interaction between the two communities in the realm of public social rituals. Even though the two faiths had different philosophies on the purpose of marriage and ethical status of marital sex, Jewish and Christian weddings ran parallel in the gradual sacralization of what was originally a secular ritual and the development of distinct rituals for the remarriage of widows. The upper classes in Jewish and Christian communities approached the marriage ritual as a way to draw sharp distinctions between the two faiths, including the location and timing of the event and what visual elements or objects were used. However, the lower classes often shared more similarities in their ritual behaviors due to a larger degree of contact within a shared culture and common experience. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 20, 2 (Fall 1990): Pages 225 - 249.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Bride, Image of Cross Cultural Approach Jewish Law Jews Marriage Ritual Sexuality Social Class Social Groups Social History Weddings Widows
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  • Geographic Area: General
  • Century: 14- 15
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  • Author's Affiliation: Bar-Ilan University, Ben Gurion University of the Neger
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  • Year of Publication: 1990.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 00472573