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Courtship in the Middle Ages was often a matter of parents negotiating in order to increase the family’s power or wealth.

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Young people often didn’t meet their future spouses until after the marriage had already been arranged, and they were sometimes betrothed and married at very young ages.

The concept of chivalry, or romantic ideals, arrived later in the Middle Ages with knights (some possibly on white horses) and troubadours (traveling poets/musicians) who tried to win their women’s hearts through brave deeds, poetry, and singing beneath balconies (the story of Romeo and Juliet is set in 15-century Italy).

This usually meant waiting at least until they were in their twenties.

Contemporary opinion was against the marriage of people who had not yet built up the means to maintain a family, or had little prospect of doing so.

Claudius was in effect marrying his sister when he married Gertrude.

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