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Slavery And Sin

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This chapter examines how a close association between slavery, sexuality and sin had developed within the Christian belief system. It gives a brief examination of the movement for Church reform together with an analysis of the ideological and political objectives of the reformers. The chapter relates to an examination of the way in which the reforming ideals were developed and implemented in Western European societies. It also examines how the implementation of these ideals affected traditional expressions of power and, in particular, the social perceptions of slavery. The chapter analyzes the implications of the Norman Conquest in relation to the imposition of the norms of the Gregorian reform movement and the introduction of chivalric codes of behaviour from Northern France. The Norman Conquest, therefore, transformed the traditional Anglo-Saxon distinction between free born and slave born into a distinction between legitimate birth and illegitimate birth.

Keywords: Christian belief system; Norman conquest; sexual sin; slavery; Western European societies



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