A medieval betrothal
Getting married in the medieval times was a complicated business.
On the one hand, it seemed straightforward enough – far less complicated than today:
- Almost every man and woman could reasonably expect to someday wed.
- The definition of marriage was not contested as it often is today: there was no same-sex marriage or common law marriage or the modern legal and political wrangling commonly associated with these.
- Wedding ceremonies themselves were quite simple, wholly untouched by today’s wedding industrial complex.
- Divorce was illegal, so when two people married, it was (in almost all cases) literally unto death.
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