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Remarriage (Matrimony) was very common in early modern Europe. A major reason was the high rate of mortality, which frequently confronted married women and men with the loss of their marriage partner, forcing them to decide whether to spend the rest of their lives as widows or widowers (Widow[er]) or to enter into wedlock once more. This decision was influenced by economic, social, and cultural factors, and not least by gender, and was accordingly complex. At the same time, though, we can identify relatively constant structures and functions of remarriage [4].

One important functi…

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Ehmer, Josef, “Remarriage”, 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 01 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_030356>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20210601

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