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Old 09-24-2012, 03:33 PM
Kimstu Kimstu is offline
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Originally Posted by Derleth
Originally Posted by njtt
I have heard that the medieval Catholic Church officially disapproved of cousin marriages up to the level of (IIRC) 17th cousins, but this rule was probably honored more in the breach than the observance.
The medieval Catholic Church defined beavers to be fish, which, in this thread, sounds awesomely sexual but in reality was just about satisfying the urges of a bunch of cloistered monks.
So what? How on earth is that a GQ response to the previous poster's tentative assertion?

In any case, the actual answer seems to be that medieval canon law starting in the 9th century prohibited marriages within the 7th degree of kinship, not 17th.