Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Larry Simon

Second Advisor

Dr. Rozanne Elder

Third Advisor

Dr. Rand Johnson

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only


Marriage in medieval Spain is not a new topic to scholarship, but little has been done to study it using the episcopal registers from the diocese of Barcelona. This thesis uses select registers from 1301-1349 to look at marital issues in Barcelona. The first chapter has a brief historiographical survey of marriage scholarship and the use of episcopal registers as a source for social history. The most prominent marital issue present in the registers was clandestine marriages, which serves as the focus of the second chapter. Chapter three looks at cases involving the conjugal debt and adultery, how they are potentially related, and whether or not the bishop remained within the boundaries of canon law with his rulings. It will also present two additional entries of interest from the registers and general conclusions.

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