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Defiant Priests

Michelle Armstrong-Partida


Two hundred years after canon law prohibited clerical marriage, parish priests in the late medieval period continued to form unions with women that were marriage all but in name. This book uses evidence from archives in four Catalan dioceses to show that maintaining a family with a domestic partner was not only a custom entrenched in Catalan clerical culture but also an essential component of priestly masculine identity, one that extended to the carrying of weapons and use of violence to resolve disputes and seek revenge, to intimidate other men, and to maintain their status and authority in t ... More

Keywords: clerical marriage, parish priests, Catalan dioceses, masculine identity, Catalan parish priests, churchmen, parish clergy, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501707735
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501707735.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michelle Armstrong-Partida, author
University of Texas, El Paso