Marriage in Renaissance Italy
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Family ties in the urban world of Renaissance Italy was a source of security. Parents made careful marriage arrangements for their children as these often meant strengthening business or family ties. Parents took little or no notion to the modern concept of love; some would even make such arrangements by reinforcing a legally binding marriage contract for their children when they are only two or three years of age. The most important aspect of the marriage contract was the size of the dowry. This sum of money was given to the husband by the wife’s family upon marriage.
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