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Old 02-07-2016, 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by DanielAvery View Post
Many princesses were also used as glorified bargaining chips. If a King had designs on an alliance with another kingdom (for financial reasons, for power over a common enemy, or whatever), he might promise his daughter to a son of the other King (or even to the King) to seal the alliance. Pimping out a daughter might seem cruel, but unfortunately they viewed princesses with much less regard than they did princes, especially in families where there were already enough potential heirs produced. The larger the royal brood, the less picky the monarch got when it came to marrying off the youngest daughters. If the alliance forged via this marriage goes sour (as they often did), the poor princess was often stuck in the middle.

Well again one of the most famous examples of the above would have been Catherine of Aragon. Her refusal to give into Henry VIII's request for a divorce changed the course of history. Besides making her own life miserable that action directly influenced England's break with the Roman Catholic church.

You have to put all this into context. In an era where "Sons of God" ruled various kingdoms of Europe what better and more personal way to seal a treaty or deal than to offer one's own child?

These marriages were not "Henry marrying Catherine" but England marrying Spain.

Princes were far to valuable as male children were to any family in those times. Given high infant, child and even young adult mortality rates any family needed all the sons they could get to remain. Eventually they would marry and produce another generation. Females princesses or not marry *OUT* of their families and go into another where (then at least) they became someone else's property.

Since Salic law reigned in most European countries females could not directly inherit. If they did it was in absence of any other males in their family. Thus if a king has to let any of his children go, daughters make the most sense.
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Old 02-08-2016, 07:47 AM
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Who did they marry? Their cousins.
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Old 02-08-2016, 08:36 AM
Location: rural south west UK
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they marry men with pots of money who will keep them "in the style to which they have been accustomed".
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Old 02-08-2016, 09:46 AM
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Are you asking this because you're going to start your own country with a monarchy, OP?
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Old 02-08-2016, 11:10 AM
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Someone her father approves of from the synagogue, or someone she meets her sophomore year at Brandeis.
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Old 02-08-2016, 12:26 PM
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Originally Posted by ScoopLV View Post
Who did they marry? Their cousins.
Henry and Catalina were cousins, and the one that did not want a divorce was his father...that phoned the pope..
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Old 02-08-2016, 01:32 PM
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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My kids could tell you who or whom the Princesses get married to. I mean anyone that has watched any of the Disney Princess movies can tell you who (or Whom) the princesses marry.
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Old 02-08-2016, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Krokodill View Post
Henry and Catalina were cousins, and the one that did not want a divorce was his father...that phoned the pope..
Henry VII was looonnng dead, hence Henry VIII being the reigning monarch.
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Old 02-08-2016, 02:42 PM
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Originally Posted by SnakeOfSilver View Post
For instance, let's say a king and queen have two children. The eldest is a male and will someday be king. The other child is a female.

Who would she usually marry/be betrothed to? An earl from the same kingdom? A prince from another kingdom?

What would her father as the king ideally WANT? What would be best for him/socially acceptable?

Would like to know for olden days and for contemporary. This is for fiction writing purposes, but would like it to be pretty historically accurate/plausible.

Thank you.
It could be either a prince/king from another land, or a nobleman from her own land (or even another land), it would highly depend on the politics going on at the time and place. Typically, she would be married to the most advantageous option for her homeland. Usually, that meant the most powerful person, and/or someone whose politics/ambitions/religion were in keeping with her father's/homeland.

And it generally had to be mutually beneficial for the groom too, so a princess from a small, unimportant land might be declined as an bride for a prince from a powerful land, especially if he was heir to the throne.

Once Protestantism became a part of royal household, religion became hugely important most of the time; Catholic royals had to marry other Catholics and Protestants to other Protestants. For a long period of time, a British monarch was not allowed to marry a Catholic.

Geography also played a role, since geography often dictated the importance of certain countries or lands, and therefore how powerful its rulers were. A princess married to the ruler of a strategically positioned land meant her father might have some influence on her husband, or her homeland might receive aid from such a powerful ruler if they needed it.

Frankly, if you're writing fiction for publication and you don't know much about this, I would recommend you do some more research on the time period and place you're writing about.

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Old 02-08-2016, 03:37 PM
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OP, you need to look at this from the blood perspective.
Bloodlines are very precious and slowly disappear.
Royal courts with long lasting blood line tend to marry similar. Example is Lady D, who brought a very old blood line into Windsors.
Sometimes it is, also, political reasons. Usually, marriage is consolidating an ally or quenching a foe. Remember what happened to Dainaris Targarian? Or, French king marrying his son to a "wild" Slavs duke daughter - who happened to be daughter of the largest at that time dukeship in Europe, the Galych Volyn Dukeship.
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