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Inheritance and property rights were usually two reasons why marriages were often arranged.
Agreements or contracts were drawn up describing the rights of both the bride and groom.
The man generally asked a woman's father for permission to court his daughter, that implied that the man was seriously and openly desiring the responsibility of marriage.