Maritagium legal definition of Maritagium
MARITAGIUM. Anciently that portion which was given with a daughter in
2. During the existence of the feudal law, it was the right which the
lord of the fee had, under certain tenures, to dispose of the daughters of
his vassal in marriage. By this word was also understood marriage. Beames'
Glanv. 138, n; Bract. 21 a; Spelm. Gl. ad voc.; 2 Bl. Com. 69; Co. Litt. 21
b, 76 a.
References in periodicals archive
de Trafford on uses in twelfth- and thirteenth-century England of the maritagium
, the dowry given to a bride by her family, and its impact on the status of women within the family and on the nature of inheritance.
Indeed, of the two rights, marriage seems to have been the more contested -- affecting, as it did, not only the transmission of inheritances but also the fate of dowers, maritagiums
, and marriage portions.