Age of Consent for Marriage?

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Age of Consent for Marriage?

Postby Tessa78 » 26 Jul 2010, 15:19

Have come across 19th Century marriage records where among the documents provided to marry were the parents' consent for the minor children, yet the age of the spouses was 24 and 23...

Was there a specific age at which one was no longer a minor?

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Re: Age of Consent for Marriage?

Postby maestra36 » 26 Jul 2010, 15:28

I thought the age was 21, T. Do the records actually say the spouses were minor or do they say they were di eta maggiore? of adult age?
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Re: Age of Consent for Marriage?

Postby Tessa78 » 26 Jul 2010, 15:44

I thought it was 21 as well, Peg.

I'll have to go back and look at the document...

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Re: Age of Consent for Marriage?

Postby Tessa78 » 26 Jul 2010, 15:52

It states that they presented "il consenso i genitori della sposa minorenne come risulta dall'atto di richiesta delle publicazione."

It reads spefically for the bride, not the spouses...

The bride's age is clearly 23 in the document (and the groom 24)

Just seemed strange...

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Re: Age of Consent for Marriage?

Postby maestra36 » 26 Jul 2010, 16:08

Does seem strange. T. What year is the document? I am just reading in Trafford Cole's book that before the unification of Italy in 1870, it was necessary to obtain the consent of both fathers of the couple. He doesn't make any mention of age though. I was hoping to find some reference to that, but no.
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Re: Age of Consent for Marriage?

Postby Tessa78 » 26 Jul 2010, 17:25

Thanks for your help. :-)

I'm just going to chalk it up to another of those anomalies we find in Italian documents. :-?

The date was 1900 and in the Comune of Corinaldo, Province Ancona, in the Marche Region...

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Re: Age of Consent for Marriage?

Postby PeterTimber » 04 Aug 2010, 12:26

..Of course there were always those 5AM marriages "sotto la scusa di cristo"in black for those whose love for each other exceeeded the tyranny of the should nots. =Peter=
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Re: Age of Consent for Marriage?

Postby Tessa78 » 04 Aug 2010, 14:09

I'm listening :-)

Tell me more...

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Re: Age of Consent for Marriage?

Postby PeterTimber » 04 Aug 2010, 15:02

....and while the 5AM black dress marriage supposedly took place in obscurity and a degree of privacy the priest would preceed the couple with a small bell so as they wound their way thru the streets people hearing the tinkling of the small bell in the priests hands would know it meaning and the nosey neighbors would peek out the door to see who suffered a diminshed standing in the town. =Peter=
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Re: Age of Consent for Marriage?

Postby maestra36 » 04 Aug 2010, 15:38

This is very interesting, Peter, but could you please share with us the source of this information? Thanks, Peg.
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Re: Age of Consent for Marriage?

Postby PeterTimber » 04 Aug 2010, 20:12

Let me set the stage way back inthe 1950's Italy was still functioning as if the pre-world War11 values, practices and attitudes still existed since the war destroyed any value they had for the Fascist regime so when I firstgot there I had just graduated from High School skipping the last year and was headed toward University of Perugia for the year as a present.

At that time Italy was Italy as I heard of it as a child. Things were recognizable from stories and people reacted the way I anticipated. I do recall that Sicily was bordering on rebellion with the brigand Giuliano roaming all over Sicily battling the mafia and the carbenieri and he kidnapped a a childhood sweetheart. There was an uproar about Giuliano in Italy. Apparently when someone wanted to marry even if the girl was reluctant or the parents did not approve of the man he would kidnap the girl even if she was reluctant, would have to marry since she was no longer a virgin and her prospects for a husband were negligible.

It was during this period that my interest piqued and my girl cousins told me about the 5AM black clad marriages and the priest and his tinkling bell. I assumed it was the practice in Southern Italy but didn't know at the time how far north the practice existed. =PETER=
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