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Raesly 1 Women in Marriage Word Count: 1,704 Kevin Raesly Medieval 1101 Debbie Marcum Essay Number 5 November 23, 2008 Hundreds of individuals sitting in a room . Music is playing and a smiling man is
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Raesly 2 standing at the front of the room . Yes, you are at a wedding. The bride comes out from behind the doors screaming and crying because she does not want to marry this man . Does this circumstance seem odd to you? Why would the woman marry someone she did not love or want to be with? This might be an extreme circumstance and even in the medieval times, under these conditions, the woman would not be forced to marry the man, but the general idea presented is parental consent . In the 21 st century, whom the child will marry is not up to their parents like it was during medieval times . Medieval marriages were not based on love or fairness, but rather on fulfilling family needs . While women could not be forced into marriage, if they did not outwardly express a great desire to be free from the chosen man, then the marriage would take place . Once the marriages were finalized, it would not get any better for the women of the medieval period . Husbands dominated the relationships because the man was a more domineering force in society . This is not the case in the 21 st century, where marriages are based on love and there is a sense of equality in the relationship . Women have more rights in the 21 st century then they did during the medieval period and this difference is exemplified through marriages . During the medieval period, due to parental consent and the dominance of men over their spouses, marriages were not based on love and there was an unequal balance of dominance between the husband and wife . During the medieval period, there was an argument whether consent or consummation was the final, official step in declaring a marriage valid . Consummation is the first time two individuals have sex after they wed, but were the two not officially married before? In looking at this, it is true that the two were officially married before sex . According to Charles J. Reid, there was an instance when St. Cecilia and her
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Raesly 3 husband decided to remain virgins throughout their marriage and were granted significant advantages in life . 1 Even though these two had not consummated, their marriage was still official because they had consented to love each other and became husband and wife . The overriding factor in this argument is that a marriage officially begins once the two individuals say their vows and are pronounced husband and wife . By arguing that marriage is not valid until after consummation, it forces the couple to have sex to validate their marriage . It is up to the two people themselves whether or not they want to have
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This note was uploaded on 12/08/2008 for the course MEDVL 1101.5 taught by Professor Marcum during the Fall '08 term at Cornell.

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