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LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR: MARRIAGE IN THE MIDDLE AGES: FROM PARENTAL ARRANGED MARRIAGES TO THE COUPLE’S CONSENT – AN EXTREME CHANGE?

Saturday 20 October: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Faculty of History, West Road, CB3 9EF

The formation of medieval marriage was transformed in the late twelfth century when it took on the shape as we know it now: a young couple decide to marry in a ceremony that normally takes place in front of in a church in the presence of a priest. This constituted what some thought was an extreme change from the more domestic arrangements at home when parents arranged marriages. How and why this change took place is the topic of this lecture by historian Professor Liesbeth Van Houts. Special attention will be given to aspects such as freedom of choice of marriage partner by young men and women, the role of the clergy in supporting consent by young people rather than by parents, and the pivotal role women played in the development from parentally arranged to a couple’s own self-determination.

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01223 766766

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Age: 8+, Talk, Arrive on time, free

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