11. Cicero Married His First Wife For Her Lavish Dowry
Marcus Tullius Cicero is known for many things, such as being an ancient Roman politician and lawyer. He is also known for having more than one wife during his lifetime, and while this is not unusual, the reason why he married his first wife is well, not as odd as well.
Cicero became the first person in his family to enter the Senate, and this meant he had a lot of social obstacles to overcome. This became challenging, especially when his funds ran low. Therefore, he found a woman to marry him that brought with her a farm, mountain estate, and landlords of Roman apartment blocks.
10. Also, Cicero Married His Second Wife For Her Lavish Dowry
Cicero leaped into politics when he married his first rich wife, Terentia. However, she refused to simply hand over everything he wanted and continued to manage his finances. When this didn’t become enough for his status, Cicero divorced Terentia and married a much younger woman named Publilia.
Publilia couldn’t manage Cicero’s finances because he was her guardian. Their marriage would end in a divorce as well. Cicero got what he needed from Publilia and then sent her on her way. From that point on, Cicero lived a pretty good lifestyle.
Most dowries came in the form of money, gold, or land, but there are also many unique dowries. One dowry comes from a well-to-do hairdresser from the early 20th century. Happy with his daughter’s choice for a husband, he wanted to take care of the couple for as long as possible, but not just financially.
While he sent his daughter with a lump sum of money, he also wanted to make sure the couple remained clean for the rest of their lives. Therefore, he weighed his daughter and gave her 140 pounds of soap.
8. Princess Marie-Chantal Miller’s Dad Gave $2 Million For Her Wedding
Robert Miller, Marie-Chantal’s father, is a luxurious good billionaire. Therefore, Marie came into this world rich, but this still didn’t stop her from becoming richer when she married Prince Pavlos, the Crown Prince of Greece.
While Marie wasn’t a royal, the royal family didn’t mind because she is a member of the world’s highest society. Because of this, Marie-Chantel received a $2 million dowry on her wedding day. On top of this, her family also hosted a pre-wedding reception that fed over 1,300 guests. But that’s not all. The bride’s wedding dress cost more than $200,000.
7. Marie-Chantel Wasn’t The Only Member Of Her Family To Receive Such A High Dowry.
Princess Marie-Chantel is one of three women to have married from her family. For all three of his daughters, Robert Miller only gave the best. Not only did Marie receive a $200 million dowry from her father, but her two sisters, Alexandra and Pia, did as well.
Alexandra married a German Prince and received the same treatment as her sister, Marie-Chantel. Pai, who married a Getty heir, also had an expensive and large wedding along with receiving a $2 million dowry.
6. Joan Beaufort Fell In Love With A Captive Whose Family Refused To Pay Ransom
Joan Beaufort, Countess of Westmorland, the daughter of the first Earl of Somerset, John Beaufort, and Margaret Holland. England officials kidnapped her future husband, James I of Scotland as a young child. He lived with the English for 18 years because his uncle refused to pay James’ ransom.
While in bondage, Joan and James met and instantly fell in love. In the hopes of winning Joan’s heart, James wrote her a love poem. Whether the poem did the trick or Joan loved James before, she fell madly in love with him. The only problem – he still lived in bondage.
5. James I Received Freedom And Used Joan’s Dowry As A Ransom Payment
Once the English royal family realized that Joan marrying James would give them good alliance with Scotland, a deal to release James came into play. Around the same time, James’ uncle died, and his cousin, who wanted James home, became king.
The deal for James’ ransom stated that he would pay his debt in installments. For each payment, he would send a Scottish hostage from a noble family in his place. England agreed and they also forgave one installment due to his marriage to Joan. They considered this installment as Joan’s dowry payment.
4. David Brought 200 Foreskins To His Bride-To-Be’s Father
While most people know David as the man who became King of Israel and killed Goliath, he is also known for one of the strangest dowries in history. Historically, the bride’s family sent the dowry with their daughter on her wedding day, but David needed to prove his strength to his future father-in-law, King Saul and needed to bring the dowry himself.
Sent to die in battle, David’s father-in-law told him to bring back 100 foreskins if he wanted to marry his daughter. The show-off David always proved to be, he brought back 200 foreskins and the couple married.
3. Princess Margaret Of Austria Nearly Lost Parts Of France
Princess Margaret lived during a time when parents arranged marriages when their children were young. Princess Margaret’s parents arranged her wedding at the age of three to King Charles VIII of France. Part of Margaret’s dowry decided during the arrangement, included several territories, such as Artois, Burgundy, Auxerre.
However, when Princess Margaret became marrying age, things started to change. While Margaret lived with her future husband as a child, she would not marry the man. Because the plans for marriage ended, Charles needed to give back the lands.
2. Qing Dynasty Consort Jin Received An Interesting Object As Part Of Her Dowry
Not everyone receives money, a home, or land when they get married. Some people receive objects that many people might find interesting or useless today. One of the most significant examples of a dowry that wasn’t spendy for its time is the Jadeite Cabbage that Consort Jin brought as her dowry.
During her time, the Jadeite Cabbage wasn’t expensive, but the meaning behind the Jadeite Cabbage meant more. The insects that are hidden among the bok-choy’s leaves represent fertility. The bok-choy leaves is seen as a symbol of purity. For Consort Jin’s time, the meaning is far greater than monetary value.
1. The Jadeite Cabbage Means More Now Than Ever Before
Even though the Jadeite Cabbage Consort Jin received had unknown value during her time, the object is seen as a national treasure today. In fact, the value and esteem have only increased over the years. The item is carved from a single piece of green and milky white jade. Many people compare it to a type of food.