How have wedding vows changed since the 14th century?Franklin's Tale contains wedding vows, and I am wondering how vows have changed. I also need a list of sources to back it up please.

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wshoe | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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One thing that has changed since the 14th century is that the wedding was performed at the church door instead of inside the church.  I don't have a source for you, but the father was present for more of the vows before "giving away" the bride than is customary in weddings today.

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You have to consider the history time-line of orthodox Christianity, Catholicism, Judaism, and protestantism.  Marriage and the commitment to the church changes with each break off from orthodoxy.  Here's a page that can give you a little historical background of wedding vows back to the time you're researching.  You can go from there to other searches to find more answers.

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