Re: Celibacy: Everyday Presentations

Lee Bradley (vrlbm@TTACS.TTU.EDU)
Tue, 12 Dec 1995 08:41:32 -0600

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