Tag Archives: Marriage

“Heiratspolitik” – Marriage Politics and the Habsburg Empire

Marriage Politics Modern Austria is a relatively small country, but it used to be both the edge and the heart of Holy Roman Empire. Much of Austria’s influence came from one royal family: the Habsburgs. This royal family created a dynasty that managed to intermarry with many of the royal families of Europe. “During the […]

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Dynastic Marriages and Incest in the House of Habsburg

Michael O’Dea Core-330-10 12/4/15 Dynastic Marriages in the House of Habsburg The House of Habsburg is one of the most prolific royal dynasties in European history; however, it originated from relatively unlikely circumstances and thrived using rather peculiar tactics. In the year 1273 Rudolf of Habsburg was elected King of Germany as somewhat of an […]

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Till Death Do Us Part: Ghost Marriage in China

Till Death Do Us Part: Ghost Marriage in China            To those of us in the West, the concept of Chinese ‘ghost marriage’ or ‘spirit marriage’ seems strange and intriguing. In the context of ancient Chinese beliefs, however, this practice is a pragmatic solution to a problem caused by spiritual belief. […]

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Help, Beautiful Ghost Boys Want To Marry Me!!

  For my final project, I chose to create a short story centered on the theme of Chinese ghost marriage in the style of a dating sim. I wanted to utilize my acquired knowledge of ghost marriage traditions to craft a quirky romantic comedy that juxtaposes an ancient tradition against modern Chinese life. The story […]

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Women and Marriage in Early Byzantium

A snapshot of a typical early Byzantine marriage: Nicetas, a man around the age of 28 has made a living as a potter, he desires to ensure his legacy by marrying and having children. Byzantium was a Christian society so the marriage was officiated at a church, both the bride and groom must be Christians. […]

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