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  Morganatic marriage - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A morganatic marriage is a type of marriage which can be contracted in certain countries, usually between persons of unequal social rank (unebenbürtig in German), which prevents the passage of the husband's titles and privileges to the wife and any children born of the marriage.
Morganatic marriage is not, and has not been, possible in jurisdictions that do not allow for the required freedom of contracting with regard to the marriage contract, as it is an agreement containing that pre-emptive limitation to the inheritance and property rights of the wife and the children.
Marriages have never been considered morganatic in any part of the United Kingdom, although the status of the legendary mistresses of the Stuart dynasty approximated this condition, and some of the wives of Henry VIII were considered by Rome to be only mistresses.
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 Morganatic Marriage - LoveToKnow 1911
The term "morganatic marriage" is applied generally to any marriage of a person of royal blood with one of inferior rank.
The German name is Ehe zur linkers Hand (marriage by the left hand, whence the phrase a "left-handed marriage"), the husband of such marriage ceremonies giving the left instead of the right hand to the bride.
Such marriages are recognized as fully binding by the Church, and the children are legitimate, and no other marriage can take place during the lifetime of the contracting parties.
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 Morganatic and Secret Marriages in the French Royalty
Morganatic marriages are marriages in a royal or sovereign family which somehow contravene the dynastic rules, either because they were not authorized, or more often because of a perceived mésalliance or inequality in rank between the spouses.
It could be argued that these secret marriages were the French equivalent of morganatic marriages; since the marriage was secret, the spouse was never given the rank that she would have had under normal circumstances, which is a common trait with morganatic marriages.
A decree of 11 ventôse XIII pronounced the marriage null.
www.heraldica.org /topics/france/morganat.htm   (3636 words)

 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Moral and Canonical Aspect of Marriage   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Under the Christian law, therefore, the marriage contract and the sacrament are inseparable and indivisible; for, in virtue of Christ's legislative act, the consent in marriage produces, besides sanctifying grace, its peculiar sacramental grace.
In addition, we sometimes speak of a secret marriage, or a marriage of conscience, that is, a marriage of which the banns have not been published, celebrated by the parish priest and witnesses under bond of secrecy, with the bishop's permission.
The morganatic wife and her children receive, by agreement or stipulation, a dowry and means of support, the amount being in some countries at the discretion of the king or prince, in others fixed by law.
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 Wikinfo | Marriage   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Some states allow civil marriages which are not allowed by many religions, such as same-sex marriages or civil unions and marriage may also be created by the operation of the law alone as in common-law marriage which is a judicial recognition that two people living as domestic partners are entitled to the effects of marriage.
In the Catholic Church, marriage is one of the seven sacraments.
Women were expected to be virgins before their marriage and in Europe, even into the twentieth century in rural Greece, as an indication of this, the bloody bed sheet from the wedding night would often be displayed on the side of the house.
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 Morganatic and Unequal Marriages in German Law
In a morganatic marriage, the reason is the marriage contract itself, voluntarily entered into (in particular, with the consent of both spouses, in principle, since it is a contract).
It is usually cited as arguing that the marriage of a prince and a noble-woman is not a mismarriage; in fact it argues that the Anhalt-Dessau/Krosigk marriage was a valid but morganatic marriage, whose clauses had to be executed, thereby excluding the issue from succession "ob pactum speciale".
The marriage was declared void by a court in the Hague on26 July 1757, and the spouse's attempts to have her daughter recognized as a princess of Anhalt were rejected by the Reichshofrat on May 11, 1778; likewise an attempt to obtain the title of countess of Anhalt (Sep 14, 1780).
www.heraldica.org /topics/royalty/g_morganat.htm   (15433 words)

 Brewer, E. Cobham. Dictionary of Phrase & Fable. Morganat’ic Marriage (A).
A marriage in which the wife does not take the husband’s rank, because legally, or according to court bye-laws, the marriage is not recognised.
The word is based on the Gothic morgjan, “to curtail” or “limit;” and the marriage settlement was called morgengabe or morgengnade, whence the Low Latin matrimonium ad legem morganaticam, in which the dowry is to be considered all the portion the wife will receive, as the estates cannot pass to her or to her children.
The “hand-fasted” marriages of Scotland and Ireland were morganatic, and the “hand-fasted” bride could be put away for a fresh union.
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 Topical Words: Morganatic   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
It’s a sensitive term in British royal circles, since in November 1936 King Edward VIII proposed a morganatic marriage to Mrs Simpson as a way of getting around the fact that she, too, was a divorcée.
The most celebrated such marriage in modern times was that between Archduke Franz Ferdinand and Sophie Chotek, both of whom died in the assassination at Sarajevo in 1914 that triggered the First World War.
Another name for it was left-handed marriage, because the custom was that at the altar the husband extended his left hand to the bride, not his right, as a mark of their unconventional union.
www.worldwidewords.org /topicalwords/tw-mor1.htm   (505 words)

 morganatic - Search Results - MSN Encarta
- between people of different social ranks: describes a marriage in which neither the spouse of lower social rank nor any children of the marriage may inherit the title or possessions of the higher-ranking spouse
Royalty (nobility) : aspects of royalty : morganatic marriage: John (archduke of Austria)
Royalty (nobility) : aspects of royalty : morganatic marriage: Francis Ferdinand
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 Amy Ridenour's National Center Blog: Morganatic Marriage
Of or being a legal marriage between a person of royal or noble birth and a partner of lower rank, in which it is agreed that no titles or estates of the royal or noble partner are to be shared by the partner of inferior rank nor by any of the offspring of the marriage.
morganatic adj: (of marriages) of a marriage between one of royal or noble birth and one of lower rank; valid but with the understanding that the rank of the inferior remains unchanged and offspring do not succeed to titles or property of the superior [syn: left-handed]
Thus, the effect of your proposed Act of Parliament would be that any (purely) civil marriage entered into by a member of the British royal family would be automatically deemed a morganatic marriage.
www.nationalcenter.org /2005/03/morganatic-marriage.html   (357 words)

 HERMANN1.HTM   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
The Royal Marriage Act was enacted at the urgency of George III after the tragic marriage of his sister Caroline Matilda to the degenerate King of Denmark Christian VII which resulted in Caroline's being deprived custody of her daughter and ultimately being forced into exile.
In the case of the intended marriage of a monarch, there is no provision in the Royal Marriage Act authorizing the government or Parliament to prevent an English monarch from marrying any person he or she may choose.
A morganatic marriage is a union between a man of exalted rank and a woman of lower rank, who remains in her former station with any issue of the marriage having no claim to succeed to the possessions or title of the father.
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His adherents seem to ignore the fact that the succession laws required each dynast to be born of an equal marriage, that is, born of a marriage of a dynast to a spouse of royal birth (or, to be more precise, to a spouse who was a member of a royal or sovereign dynasty).
His morganatic son Michael (born 1924) was not included in the succession list because he was the child of an unequal marriage and thus was not a member of the dynasty.
His morganatic sons (and only children) Nikita (born 1923) and Alexander (born 1929) were not included in the succession list because they were children of a morganatic marriage and thus were not members of the dynasty.
www.riuo.org /RussianImperialSuccession/russianimperialsuccession.html   (14164 words)

This first marriage had been arranged by Queen Victoria, who was the grandmother both of the bride and the groom and who was anxious to see two of her favorite grandchildren united in matrimony.
Although, by October 1938, 9 morganatic sons (including the present Prince Nicholas Romanoff) had been born to male dynasts since the fall of the monarchy, not a single one of the 9 was included among the 13 names on the succession list, for the obvious reason that not a single one qualified as a dynast.
His morganatic son (and only child) Wladimir Andreivich (born 1902) was not included in the succession list, because he was the child of a (subsequent) unequal marriage and thus was not a member of the dynasty.
www.geocities.com /Athens/Thebes/6517/indexmainlaws.html   (15928 words)

 Scotsman.com News - Opinion - Charles ought to give up either Camilla or the throne
Morganatic marriage is a German concept, the name deriving from the Morgengabe, the morning gift made by the husband to his wife on their marriage.
The Royal Marriages Act was passed because George III was angry at the unequal marriage contracted by one of his brothers, the Duke of Cumberland (not the Butcher).
Yet the key principle of morganatic marriage is to deny the unequal partner the name and style of the senior spouse (Sophie Chotek was created Duchess of Hohenberg).
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complete and perfect marriage, but it is now only applicable to members of reigning houses or of the higher See also:
Europe, would be recognized as ebenburtig, but a former morganatic marriage would be taken as destroying the qualification.
Britain the regulations as to the marriages of members of the royal See also:
encyclopedia.jrank.org /MOL_MOS/MORGANATIC_MARRIAGE.html   (604 words)

 Resources from MarriageToGo.Com
Mayoue said he found it ironic that conservative activists who promote the sanctity of marriage when opposing same-sex unions have - in the Schiavo case - sided with in-laws seeking to intervene in what is legally a spouse's prerogative.
Conservative leaders, however, contend that Michael Schiavo undermined the sanctity of his marriage by cohabiting and raising children with another woman, while refusing to divorce Terri and place her in the guardianship of her parents.
The deprivations imposed on the lower-ranking spouse by a morganatic marriage may seem like a royal pain in the neck, and yet the word "morganatic" comes from a word for a marriage benefit.
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 Transblawg: Morganatic marriage/Ehe zur linken Hand
But apparently it was out of the question, in part because it is not a British tradition and in part because a morganatic marriage to Mrs Simpson was suggested by Edward VIII as a way for him to be king while married to a divorcee.
Quinion, together with the OED and Hermann Paul’s Deutsches Wörterbuch, confirms that the Latin morganaticum must have come from the older German word for Morgengabe, the present that the husband gives his wife the morning after the marriage, and that in a morganatic marriage the wife and children received only the Morgengabe.
In a magnificently ghastly article to accompany the Vogue prins(ess)es issue, Prince Wossname of Greece used "morganatic" to mean marrying commoners.
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 ABC NewsRadio: wordwatch, Morganatic
The word morganatic comes from an old expression meaning "morning gift" (from the German word for "morning": morgan).
This was a dowry paid to a spouse upon marriage.
In a morganatic marriage the wife's entitled to no share in the husband's possessions beyond the 'morning-gift'.
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her accepted husband by a morganatic marriage, a private one, and that one of the children of that marriage was
His phrases suggest that he was aware that the Queen was married, and that he had been informed that the marriage was a secret one which would never be made public.
This communication indicates that a public announcement of the marriage was contemplated at least by Lord Dudley, for earlier in his letter, De Quadra says that Dudley assured him that if the King of Spain would only countenance the marriage, they would restore the Roman Catholic religion.
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 BBC NEWS | UK | Camilla 'will be Charles' queen'
The Labour MP asked Mr Leslie if next month's marriage was "morganatic" - a term which would mean that Mrs Parker Bowles would automatically not inherit the title of queen.
Mr Leslie said that it was not a morganatic marriage.
Government sources have said that legislation would be needed to "comply with her wishes not to become queen".
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/uk_news/4369217.stm   (344 words)

 morganatic - alphaDictionary * Free English On-line Dictionary
Meaning: Pertaining to kind of marriage between a member of the nobility and a commoner that blocks the transmission of noble rank to the commoner and precludes any claim by their offspring on the title or estate.
Notes: A morganatic marriage is sometimes called a "left-handed marriage" (from German "Ehe zur linken Hand") because in the German morganatic ceremony the bridegroom gives the bride his left, rather than his right hand.
This means that their wedding will not be morganatic.
www.alphadictionary.com /goodword/word/print/morganatic   (300 words)

 TIME.com: -- Jul 19, 1926 -- Page 1
Maximilian Hohenberg, 24, eldest son of the assassinated Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary by his morganatic wife; to Elizabeth, Countess von Waldburg.
As everyone knows, the children of a morganatic marriage are legitimate and the marriage, though it confers no rank upon the lesser party, is valid to the extent of precluding any other legal union while it exists.
Individuals such as "Prince Louis de Bourbon," self-styled "brother of the King of Spain," often inform gullible pressmen that they are the result of a morganatic union, though another term would be more appropriate.
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 Ultratart: It's Got Bite: I Love Being the Word of the Day
: of, relating to, or being a marriage between a member of a royal or noble family and a person of inferior rank, in which the rank of the inferior partner remains unchanged and the children of the marriage do not succeed to the titles, fiefs, or entailed property of the partner of higher rank
England’s Prime Minister rejected King Edward’s offer of a morganatic marriage to Mrs.
I know he was [allegedly] a Nazi-sympathizer and all, and I think we can all agree that being a Nazi-sympathizer is real bad, but he certainly loved his wife, and there's something very romantic about that whole thing.
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 Word Spy - starter marriage   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
A first marriage that lasts only a short time and that ends in a clean (i.e., no kids, no property, no acrimony) divorce.
"The past ten years has seen a surge in what are now called 'starter' marriages, as ephemeral as spring."
"Marriage and family experts — psychologists, sociologists, lawyers and clergy — are beginning to look at these brief young unions, seeing in their implications a barometer of society's attitudes about marriage and divorce.
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 Word Spy - morganatic marriage
A marriage between a person of royal birth and a partner of lower rank, in which the latter has no royal status or title.
That being so, what should Camilla's status be?
Our constitutional law, rightly, does not admit morganatic marriage."
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