#March 21, 1152: Eleanor and the most expensive divorce in History!

In the 12th Century Eleanor, the Duchess of Acquitane, controlled about a quarter of all France and was by far the richest woman in Europe. She had been married to King Louis VII of France for nearly 15 years, probabably a great love, but that was about to end. Louis, in fact, wanted a son, but under Salic law no woman could inherit the throne of France and Louis desperately wanted a male heir. So desperately, in fact, that he was willing to let Eleanor go, along with her vast…

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The ancient and strange English custom of wife-selling

Between the late eighteenth and the mid-nineteenth century in England, there was a strange and fascinating custom called wife-selling. Married women in England were commonly bought and sold at village fairs. During this time, not a year passed when there was no court case concerning the sale of a wife. Between 1780 and 1850 the cases of sale of 300 wives were certainly recorded, free women treated as an purchasable good, in addition to the cases of many women who were not registered. Although it may seem brutal and disrespectful…

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The trauma of divorce summed up in 7 very effective images.

Divorce is one of the most painful situations a family can go through, but unless you’ve experienced it first-hand, it’s very hard to imagine exactly how much damage it causes, of course for all family members involved. An artist known only by the pen-name “Mac” decided to depict how divorce affected his family in a simple, but very effective, series of 7 vignettes. While it’s true that every family deals with divorce differently, and some families even come out better and stronger after it, an overwhelming number of Internet users…

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