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Bigamy (“double marriage”, from Latin bi, “double” and Greek gámos, “wedding”, “marriage”) denotes entering into a second marriage while the first marriage is still valid. The early modern definition of bigamy is formed in the light of the Christian principle of the indissolubility of marriage. According to the Catholic view, it therefore included not only the double marriage of relevance in criminal law (Latin bigamia simultanea or bigamia vera, “simultaneous” or “true bigamy”), but also all marriages that contravened this principle, including a second marriag…

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Reinholdt, Katharina, “Bigamy”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_017625>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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