Prelates and princes : Aristocratic marriages, canon law prohibitions, and shifts in norms and patterns of domination in the central middle ages

  title={Prelates and princes : Aristocratic marriages, canon law prohibitions, and shifts in norms and patterns of domination in the central middle ages},
  author={Ivan Ermakoff},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  • Ivan Ermakoff
  • Published 1 June 1997
  • History
  • American Sociological Review
In this article, the author explores the processes whereby, at the turn of the twelfth century, European aristocrats acknowledged clerics' prohibitions of divorce and close-kin marriages. He argues that this normative shift cannot be adequately accounted for by the rise of feudalism, the Gregorian reformers' moralist offensive or the development of canon law : these events do not explain (1) why the Roman hierarchy thought it possible, at a certain moment in time, to impose their normative… 

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