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The Divorce of Lothar II
Author: Karl Heidecker

ISBN: 9780801439292
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 16 June 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6 x 2.3
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"She declares, so the bishops will write in their report on the council, that she is unworthy to continue as a married woman. 'Before God and his angels' she bares her heart and confesses to them 'every secret relating to the rumor that had arisen.' The 'rumor'-as will become apparent-concerns her sexual relations with her brother. True, the 'inner wound' which she 'confesses' to God and the bishops was not dealt her of her own volition but under duress, but it is in any event so terrible that she no longer feels herself worthy to share a royal or a marital bed or to marry anyone at all. The bishops and abbots allow her, as she had supposedly requested, to enter a convent."-from The Divorce of Lothar II

The Divorce of Lothar II illuminates the origin and development of Western notions of marriage and divorce and the separation of church and state in the context of a notorious royal divorce in late Carolingian Europe. In 857, Lothar II, king of Lotharingia, decided to divorce Theutberga-either because she had allegedly engaged in an incestuous liaison with her brother or simply because Lothar had...

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