JJ
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JJ asked in Society & CultureRoyalty ยท 9 months ago

Why was the Spanish princess betrothed at such a young age?

Mariana Victoria---eldest daughter of Spain's King Philip V and Elisabeth Farnese---at age 3 was betrothed to King Louis XV of France.

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  • Clo
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    9 months ago
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    These marriages were political alliances and power mergers. It was not uncommon in those times for infants to be promised in marriage to other royal children with the aim to ally countries, gain more political power and more money.

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  • PAMELA
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    9 months ago

    That was the custom in those days, the couple would not have married until they were much older.

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  • Well, she was named after a trench...

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  • Rico
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    9 months ago

    It was the way they did things back then. They even did it in the English and Scottish royal families

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  • 9 months ago

    You are forgetting the times in which all this happened. Virtually all royal marriages were in fact done to prevent wars. Politics.

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  • 9 months ago

    Actually, she was engaged to the young Louis XV of France at the age of seven. Fortunately she was rejected due to her age, the marriage never took place and she was sent back to Spain.

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  • Cogito
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    9 months ago

    It would have just been a political arrangement - nothing more.

    It was a way of making peace or making allies.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    She was a pawn in the political game of improving relations after the Treaty of the Hague following the disasterous War of the Quadruple Alliance.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Politics, simple as that.

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