Marriage on Trial (forthcoming from CUA Press)

Ludwig Schmugge, Marriage on Trial: Late Medieval German Couples at the Papal Court, Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Canon Law, Vol. 10, translated by Atria A. Larson, Catholic University of America Press, 2012, 384 pages.

I cannot say too much about a book I have yet to even hold, but this is a title that I hope will prove even half as interesting as it looks to be from the promotional blurb. The idea of a couple appearing before an ecclesiastical tribunal to save their marriage which was being inpugned on grounds of violating one impediment or another is so far outside the scope of what we think is the business of an ecclesiastical tribunal today that it scarcely even computes. I cannot wait to get a copy of this volume, and read it with careful and studious delight.

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