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Written by Myretta
(9/15/2010 7:51 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, questions about "cousins in love", penned by Lis M
Marrying cousins was legal and perfectly accepted and legal in England since the 16th-century (when England basically adopted the list of prohibited marriages in the book of Leviticus in the Old Testament, following the break with the Catholic church). Here is a Table of Kindred and Affinity from The Book of Common Prayer, 1769, printed by John Baskerville for the Cambridge University Press.
I think that Sir Thomas was worried about his children making a financially and socially unsuitable marriage and not about the consanguinity.
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