Stone 2009 Abduction

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Author: Rachel Stone

Title: The Invention of a Theology of Abduction

Subtitle: Hincmar of Rheims on Raptus

Journal: The Journal of Ecclesiastical History

Volume: 60

Issue: 3

Year: July 2009

Pages: 433-448

ISSN: 0022-0469 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1469-7637 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 8th Century, 9th Century | French History



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Author: Rachel Stone, Department of History, King's College London

Abstract:

»‘Raptus’, the abduction of women in order to marry them, was seen as a serious problem in Carolingian Francia. This article examines the only Frankish text that provides a theological justification for condemning raptus, Hincmar of Rheims's De coercendo et exstirpando raptu viduarum, puellarum ac sanctimonialium. It shows the difficulties that Hincmar found in providing a coherent theological argument against a practice normally condemned for its social and familial disruption. In particular, it suggests that Hincmar was worried that laymen, who had been encouraged by Carolingian reformers to study the Bible, might use Old Testament precedents to justify raptus.« (Source: Journal of Ecclesiastical History)

»Discusses Hincmar's De coercendo et exstirpando raptu viduarum, puellarum ac sanctimonialium, the only Frankish text that provides a theological justification for the condemnation of the abduction of women in order to marry them«. (Source: International Medieval Bibliography)

Contents:

  De coercendo (p. 436)
  The invention of theology (p. 443)

Wikipedia: Hincmar


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