Posted by Betsy on August 11, 1997 at 07:04:30:
In reply to Re: Special license posted by Lesley on August 10, 1997 at 01:01:50
] A special license was expensive but it entitled the couple to marry immediately, instead of having to wait while the banns were announced on three consecutive Sundays. They could also chose the place where they married and what time they married. Couples who had their banns announced had to get married between 8am and 12pm. I got my info from The Regency Companion.
They also required special pull with the bishop - usually a member of higher level society. Marriage by special license didn't just imply that you had more money than was good for you, but that you lived in the hip pocket of very important people. It was a sort of a double social whammy for people who could get one.
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