IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 520: Canon Law, IV: Sexual Pleasure and Medieval Canon Law - Law in Books

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Iuris Canonici Medii Aevi Consociatio (ICMAC) / Church, Law & Society in the Middle Ages
Organiser:Mia Korpiola, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
Moderator/Chair:Frederik Pedersen, School of History, Divinity & Philosophy, University of Aberdeen
Paper 520-aCombatting the Pleasures of Luxuria: Lust in Penitential Literature, Popular Preaching, and Canon Law Courts
(Language: English)
Mia Korpiola, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Sexuality
Paper 520-bNorms of Sexual Behaviour According to the Collection of Russian Orthodox Canon Laws in _Kormciji Knigi
(Language: English)
Rusne Juozapaitiene, Faculty of Law, Vilnius University
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Sexuality
Paper 520-cDouble Sex, Double Pleasure?: Hermaphrodites and the Medieval Laws
(Language: English)
Christof Rolker, Exzellenzcluster 'Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration', Universit├Ąt Konstanz
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Sexuality
Abstract

These two sessions use occurances and condemnations of sexual pleasure in medieval canon law to answer basic questions relating to the role of ecclesiastical law in every day life. How did canon law function locally, and what were its practical uses? What stories do legal documents tell, that can help formulate our understanding of medieval ideas of sexual pleasure? And how far were legal sources used to create or enforce societal norms surrounding the idea of sexual pleasure?