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After Lavinia: A Literary History of Premodern Marriage Diplomacy

John Watkins


The Renaissance jurist Alberico Gentili once quipped that, just like comedies, all wars end in a marriage. In medieval and early modern Europe, marriage treaties were a perennial feature of the diplomatic landscape. When one ruler decided to make peace with his enemy, the two parties often sealed their settlement with marriages between their respective families. This book traces the history of the practice, focusing on the unusually close relationship between diplomacy and literary production in Western Europe from antiquity through the seventeenth century, when marriage began to lose its effe ... More

Keywords: marriage, Europe, marriage treaties, diplomacy, literary production, Western Europe, diplomatic marriage, Virgil

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501707575
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501707575.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Watkins, author
University of Minnesota