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Material mnemonics and social relationships in the Diocese of London, 1467-1524

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This study is an analysis of objects as a conduit for social communication in the later medieval diocese of London. Although the giving of tokens did not constitute a legal proof of marital consent, the frequency and detail with which they were recalled by litigants and witnesses is testament to their importance as socially-meaningful proofs of courtship and consent. Such gifts, however, were not fixed or irrefutable proofs of matrimony. Rather, the meaning associated with particular objec...

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Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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