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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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.