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Marriage, contraction of
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1. Requirements

The contraction of a legally valid marriage in the early modern period depended on satisfying specific legal requirements that served to monitor and guarantee this extremely important union in a community for the purpose of cohabitation and especially procreation. Impediments to marriage and formal requirements were used to reach this goal; the freedom to marry was sometimes lim…

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Scholz-Löhnig, Cordula, “Marriage, contraction of”, 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 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018564>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801



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