Maritagium

MARITAGIUM. Anciently that portion which was given with a daughter in marriage.
     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.

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Otro de los modos originarios del fee tail fue el maritagium, la donacion de tierra hecha al novio por parte del padre de la novia, como regalo de boda, con la condicion que solo la heredaran los hijos de la mujer (32).
Maritagium was a grant of land made by a woman's relative, usually her father, nominally to her husband with her upon or because of her marriage.
King Henry of England has allied himself to Llywelyn ab Iorwerth, Prince of Wales, through the marriage of his daughter Joan, and the union has been sealed with a maritagium in the frontier manor of Ellesmere and other lands perhaps contiguous with the Welsh border.
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.