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posted 01-29-2006 06:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve-O-Gerst   Click Here to Email Steve-O-Gerst     Edit/Delete Message
Somebody seemed rather interested in how this all went about.

So far, it appears that the wealthy might exchange portraits, and the poor would remarry as soon as possible, just to survive.

Quite likely, there was a priest that did a lot of the ceremonies, and formalities.

Beyond that though...

Was there dating, and engagements? Dowrys?

posted 01-30-2006 10:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maria   Click Here to Email Maria     Edit/Delete Message
It all depended on what you were. Peasants dated. Nobles... well... sometimes, she got a glimpse of you before marriage, sometimes they both knew each other, sometimes it was total surprise.

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posted 02-03-2006 04:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for deborahknowles   Click Here to Email deborahknowles     Edit/Delete Message
There were engagements and dowrys but probably only the lower classes got to 'date'


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posted 02-05-2006 12:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Steve-O-Gerst   Click Here to Email Steve-O-Gerst     Edit/Delete Message
So the upper class probably had arranged marriages... But how did the arrangements go? I mean daddy didn't just open up the newspaper, and say "Ah, Check this out Junior, says there's a new bride in town..."

I guess the royals might talk about their children while they were feasting and hunting and such, and as some have mentioned, there could be an exchange of portraits. I suppose they ladies might have been "Presented," sort of like in victorian era balls and such.

Then, once the parents knew that a potential match existed, what next? Does the dowry come before the wedding, or after? Is there an exchange of gifts ahead of time? Do they write letters to each other?

posted 02-05-2006 08:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maria   Click Here to Email Maria     Edit/Delete Message
The upper class certainly had arranged marriages. Anyone with wealth had arranged marriaged, in fact. Look here for more information http://www.dfwx.com/medieval_cult.html
Scrol down the page, the first article is just the introduction.

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