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Most of the time they didn't even know the man before they were married.
Marriage was different in other ways back then too.
Girls were as young as 12 when they married, and boys as young as 17.
The arrangement of the marriage was based on monetary worth.
One reason was consanguinity, if the two were too closely related.Marriage is a serious commitment, one that isn't taken lightly for most people.One wouldn't likely marry a stranger they just met for instance.We also carry on some of the same traditions in today's society.In the middle ages marriages were done by arrangement.