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Medieval Concepts of Adultery

VERN L. BULLOUGH
Arthuriana
Vol. 7, No. 4, Arthurian Adultery (WINTER 1997), pp. 5-15
Published by: Scriptorium Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27869285
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Medieval Concepts of Adultery
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Abstract

Medieval society based its response to adultery on Germanic and Roman law codes, but was in fact more liberal than either. Unlike its predecessors, medieval canon and secular law recognized the responsibility of both parties, rather than of just the woman, in the offense. St. Thomas Aquinas argued that it was a breach of trust.

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