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Marriage History - Medieval

Marriage, courtship and divorce practices in the Middle Ages, shedding light on the roles and status of women, wives and widows.
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Consanguinity and Medieval Marriages
In medieval Europe, marriages were limited to couples who were not closely related to one another. How close was forbidden varied from time to time, and one could often get a papal dispensation to marry even within the forbidden degrees.

Bernardino of Siena: Two Sermons
Two sermons from 1427 on wives and widows, a late-medieval Roman Catholic perspective.

Husband's Endowment Of His Future Wife
A brief document from Southern Burgundy, 994 CE, giving a flavor of medieval marriage customs.

Kinship Terminology in the Middle Ages
In this essay, you'll find some good tidbits about marriage and other male/female relationships.

Marriage in Fifteenth-Century England
Bibliography on available primary and secondary sources for studying marriage in this narrow period of history. Part II below.

Marriage in Fifteenth-Century England: II
Bibliography on available primary and secondary sources for studying marriage in this narrow period of history. Part I above.

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