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This front matter section of this book Between Betrothal and Bedding: Marriage Formation in Sweden 1200-1600 contains the Table of Contents, the Acknowledgements and the list of illustrations. In medieval Sweden marriage formation was perceived as a sequence of legal acts or a process that could take many months, even years to complete. The cornerstones of the traditional Swedish marriage process (several stages, formalities, property consequences and collective features) are strongly present in the medieval laws. Many scholars focusing on medieval and early modern marriage formation in Europe have described it as a process rather than a single act. Between betrothal, consummation and cohabitation the state of the partners was intermediate and in some respects uncertain, for they were neither single nor married.

Keywords: bedding; betrothal; marriage formation; Sweden



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