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Stopping a marriage from happening

The famous 'speak now or forever hold your peace' did not use to exist in the Middle Age.

This allowed for new marriages to take place, as past secrets would come up only after the marriage had been celebrated.

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Persons related as well as godparents and godchildren were not allowed to marry each other in the Middle Age. Furthermore, the first interdiction could actually serve as reason to undo the marriage.

Even back in the Middle Age, some individuals were not taking marriage seriously and, therefore, the number of divorces was quite impressive.

Back in the Middle Age, the consent to get married could be either verbal or physical. Sexual intercourse counted as physical consent.

In the Middle Age, Christians did not need to marry inside of the church: whenever they came to the consent over the union, they could get married anywhere.

In the Middle Age, one only needed to have reached the age for puberty in order to be able to get married.

Back in the Middle Age, divorce was not really an alternative. Furthermore, rules like being married to a single person at a time or being allowed to marry only a Christian were given high importance.

Even though strongly recommended to take place in the presence of witnesses, marriages in the Middle Age would often include only the presence of the two persons wanting to get married.

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