IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 620: Canon Law, V: Sexual Pleasure and Medieval Canon Law - Law in Action

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

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:Christof Rolker, Exzellenzcluster 'Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration', Universität Konstanz
Paper 620-aSexual Misbehaviour of Prelates, Mid-12th to Mid-14th Centuries: Evidence from Papal Judicial Inquiries
(Language: English)
Julien Théry, Centre d'Études Médiévales (CEMM), Université de Montpellier III - Paul Valéry
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Sexuality
Paper 620-bSexual Misbehaviour in 14th- and 15th-Century France
(Language: English)
Sara McDougall, Department of History, John Jay College, City University of New York
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Sexuality
Paper 620-cSexual Misbehaviour of Prelates in the 15th-Century
(Language: English)
Kirsi Salonen, Turku Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (TUCEMEMS), University of Turku
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?