Affections of the Mind: The Politics of Sacramental Marriage in Late Medieval English Literature

Affections of the Mind: The Politics of Sacramental Marriage in Late Medieval English Literature
Emma Lipton
University of Notre Dame Press
2007

Affections of the Mind argues that a politicized negotiation of issues of authority in the institution of marriage can be found in late medieval England, where an emergent middle class of society used a sacramental model of marriage to exploit contradictions within medieval theology and social hierarchy. Emma Lipton traces the unprecedented popularity of marriage as a literary topic and the tensions between different models of marriage in the literature of the later fourteenth and fifteenth centuries by analyzing such texts as Chaucer's Franklin's Tale, The Book of Margery Kempe, and the N-Town plays.