Morganatic Marriage

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Morganatic Marriage

 

a marriage between parties of unequal rank, in which the wife or husband, and children, do not enjoy the class privileges of the spouse. An example of a morganatic marriage would be the marriage of a man belonging to a royal house with a woman from a common family. Such a morganatic marriage confers the rights of succession to the throne neither to the wife nor to the couple’s children.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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