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SPONSALIA, or STIPULATIO SPONSALITIA. A promise lawfully made between persons capable of marrying each other, that at some future time they will marry. See Espousals; Ersk. Inst. B. 1, t. 6, n. 3.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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La Sponsalia es una poetizacion simbolica del futuro matrimonio de don Luis, aqui transformado en dios Amor (Cupido) y su prometida, que aqui esta denominada como Minerva.
Although Hincmar's immediate concern is the problem of the unconsummated marriage of the daughter of a Carolingian count, he reflects the fact that the formation of the marriage bond customarily was the extended process that began with negotiations leading to formal betrothal (sponsalia) in the home of the future bride, eventually concluding with nuptials in church, transfer of the bride to the home of the groom (transductio/domumductio), and consummation.
Bellarminum quod dictus Robertus contraxit sponsalia pro uxore ducenda infra biennium, nec est admodum constans, nec idoneus literarum studiis, posset tamen ei dari viaticum pro itinere Lovanium.
(31) On the difference betweeen sponsalia de praesenti and sponsalia de futuro, see Emsley 478-79; Howard 1.340-44.
At the same time, Mills suggests, the depictions of martyrs provided a site for medieval female viewers to construct positive narratives of embodiment and agency and possibly to engage in queer desires, while the discourse of sponsalia Christi queered gender identities by casting both men and women--occasionally in remarkably erotic terms--as brides of Christ.
desiderantes invicem matrimonialiter copulari sponsalia inter se contraxerunt, sed quia 30 affinitatis gradu invicem se actinent eorum in hac parte desiderium adimplere non possunt sine dispensatione, propter quod supplicatur e.
(21) No wonder they look and act like the already married couples they were considered to be in the Catholic tradition after betrothal (sponsalia) prior to the Council of Trent.
"Sponsalia." MS: Florence, Biblioteca Laurenziana, Ashburnham 1601 (1524).
The laity was willing to uphold, indeed it insisted on upholding, only matrimonial pacts made with its agreement.(31) Sometimes this insistence even led to the demand that children not exercise their canonical privilege of refusing a match before the engagement.(32) On other occasions it produced the argument that the financial arrangements of the sponsalia, or engagement contract made between parents, were tantamount to marriage itself and thus irrevocable.(33) For Catholics, the debate about parental control over matrimony came to a head at the Council of Trent.