Parting Before Death

posted Apr 28, 2014, 1:52 AM by Professor Katz
Marriage is a sacrament.  'Till death us do part', swears an English couple, using the liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer.  In the Middle Ages, English couples usually stayed married for about eleven years, a union terminated by the death of one of the partners.  Nowadays, the duration of an English marriage is about the same, and death doesn't come into it.  Couples in other countries have similar and different experiences:

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