Re: Celibacy: Everyday Presentations

Ruby Rohrlich (rohrlich@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Tue, 12 Dec 1995 23:29:45 -0500

Yes, you're right, Lee. The Church so changed the structures of marriage
and the family, according to Jack Goody, that led to its inheritance of
wealth that earlier went to the extended family. Ruby Rohrlich

On Tue, 12 Dec 1995 wrote:

> Ruby: wasn't it also a way to get rid of unwanted or unmarriageable
> daughters (especially upper nobility who couldn't marry beneath
> themselves and couldn't find an equal to marry)? But ultimately
> you are right -- the dowry of the girl went to the church, if I
> remember my *British* history of the medieval period correctly.
> It was also a way to get rid of second + sons in a primogeniture
> based heritance system.
> Lee Bradley
> On Mon, 11 Dec 1995, Ruby Rohrlich wrote:
> > Celibacy as encouraged by the Catholic Church was a way of grossly
> > increasing the Church's wealth. Jack Goody writes of this in *Marriage
> > and the Family* I think is the title. Ruby Rohrlich
> >