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Matrimony
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1. German Heirat

The German word Heirat (“marriage”) is in part used synonymously with Eheschließung (“nuptials”; Marriage, contraction of) and Hochzeit (“wedding”). Under Heirat many earlier encyclopedias merely provide references to these parallel terms [2]. At the same time, though, Heirat is also a broader term for both Ehe (“marriage”; French mariage, Italian matrimonio) and Hochzeit (“wedding”; French les noces, Italian nozze). Etymologically the German word Heirat is…

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Gestrich, Andreas, “Matrimony”, 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_020827>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801



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