Concubinage
(1,126 words)

1. Concept

The term concubinage in the early modern period denoted the cohabitation of man and woman out of wedlock. It derived from Roman law (Latin concubinatus), in which it stood for a legally recognized form of permanent extramarital sexual communion. It lost this legal recognition in the Late Middle Ages under the influence of Christian concepts of marriage and opposition to marr…

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Scholz-Löhnig, Cordula, “Concubinage”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 June 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022517>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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