Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 8060
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Kelleher , M. A. ;
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  • Title: Like Man and Wife: Clerics' Concubines in the Diocese of Barcelona
  • Source: Journal of Medieval History 28, ( 2002): Pages 349 - 360.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain Clergy- Sexual Behavior Concubines Law Man Woman Relationships Sexuality Visitations, Official Visits by Religious Superiors
  • Geographic Area: Iberia
  • Century: 14
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  • Primary Evidence: Visitation Record; Barcelona, Diocesan Archives, "Visitas pastorales." Contains records from parish visitations done between 1312 and 1328.
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  • Abstract: Clerical concubinage was a persistent problem throughout the Middle Ages, but scholars have largely ignored the historical experience of the women involved. Parish visitation records from the early fourteenth-century diocese of Barcelona reveal a wealth of information about these women. Although their lives were in part circumscribed by an inherently gendered legal category, their day-to-day lives and interactions with other members of their communities depended on more than their legal status, and were in fact as diverse as those of women in legitimate marital unions.
  • Author's Affiliation: University of Kansas
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  • Year of Publication: 2002.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 03044181
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