Posted by Cassia on July 19, 1997 at 16:04:38:
In reply to Cousins (was: Hey You Guys!!! A Great Source of Info) posted by The Mysterious H.C. on July 19, 1997 at 13:18:39
] ] I found a great new referece for social history last week. It's called: The Prospect before Her: A History of Women in Western Europe Vol I 1500-1800 by Olwen Hufton; it begins with the Rennaissance and continues the three hundred years through to the Napoleanic/Regency period it give a great deal of background
"Canon law forbade marriage within degress of consanguinity: parents could not marry their children, nor brothers sisters and cousins to the fourth degress were also excluded from the marriage pool"p.65 (...so what does this make of Fanny and Edmund?)
] Cassia -- "Canon Law" was Roman Catholic, and was junked as part of English law in the 16th century, when England became Protestant; at that time, it was decided to prohibit only those marriages prohibited in the Old Testament -- and marriage between 1st. cousins is not one of these.
Yes, I know. However, there was still a court of canon law un Britain until the mid-1800's (that's where most divorces were handled), so they made their own canon law after the split. I was addressing the anti-FannyandEdmund crowd. A few centuries earlier and it just couldn't have happened so they would have had to take the Crawfords ot look elsewhere. Nearly anybody would make a better couple than those to together. They characters are guarenteed to reinforce their priggishness.
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