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In the Middle Age, one only needed to have reached the age for puberty in order to be able to get married.
Furthermore, the parents' approval was not even necessary. However, rules like asking for your landlord's consent or marrying only persons from the same class were given a lot of importance.
Back in the Middle Age, the consent to get married could be either verbal or physical. Sexual intercourse counted as physical consent.
On the other hand, giving your word to marry somebody or offering a gift to that person, even without having a sexual relationship, would also lead to marriage.
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