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Marriage is a contract between two people that indicates that they will come together for the production of offspring. Whilst the ideal was that a marriage was for love, frequently this did not occur amongst the nobility where arranged marriages for political or economic gain were frequent.

The promise of faithfulness was generally assumed.

The Council of Trent in 1563 declared that a marriages were to be celebrated only in the presence of a priest and two witnessses.

Dissolving the Contract

To escape from the marriage contract generally involved one of three scenarios:

See also