The acceptance of dowry in historical judiciary sources 
that have circulated in the Romanian Principalities. 
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Receptarea zestrei în izvoarele juridice care au circulat în Ţările Române. Foi de zestre
The acceptance of dowry in historical judiciary sources that have circulated in the Romanian Principalities. Dowry lists

Author(s): Petrişor Aurelian Lazăr
Subject(s): History
Published by: Universitatea »Dunarea de Jos« din Galati -Facultatea de Istorie, Teologie și Filosofie
Keywords: Moldova; marriage; dowry; family history; history of mentality

Summary/Abstract: Giving a dowry to girls when they got married was in the medieval period one of the major worries of parents, regardless of the social class that they belonged to. Often the source of misunderstandings and family disputes, the dowry was inherited by successive generations and reflected a world where the West met with the East; the dowry could affect the way a marriage would begin and even defined the identity of the girl. Beginning in the 17th century in Moldova, two types of dowry documents are known. The simplest form is the “zapis”, which acts like a contract between the newly wedded youth and the girl’s father. The second dowry document is the “dowry paper”, which was a list of items, both objects and real estate that the girl’s father gave to the newly wedded. The official owner became the wife, while the husband was only allowed to use the items, he did not own them. The items that could be included in a dowry were very diverse and included among others: entire villages, agricultural land, vineyards, orchards, cattle, clothes, jewelry, pots and pans, plates and table covers.

  • Issue Year: IX/2016
  • Issue No: 9
  • Page Range: 71-90
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Romanian