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Re: Parallel Cousins -- Orthodox Church and first cousin marriages
What is interesting in these three examples is that the Russian Orthodox Church (I believe) forbids first-cousin marriages, but that the children of these three Russian Grand Duchesses did in fact make first cousin marriages. I wonder what their mothers/maternal relatives thought about this? Did the Greek Orthodox Church also ban first-cousin marriages, or was this purely a feature of the Russian Church?
The oldest and youngest from Anna Pavlovna's and Willem II's children married a maternal first cousin.
The oldest (Willem III) married Sophie of Wurttemberg daughter of his mother's deceased sister Catharina Pavlovna, queen of Wurttemberg.
The youngest (Sophie of the Netherlands) married Karl Alexander of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach son of Maria Pavlovna an other of the 6 daughters from Paul Petrovich marriage to Maria Feodorovna (born Sophia Dorothea of Wurttemberg).
I know that Infanta Isabel of Portugal (granddaughter of Ferdinand and Isabel of Spain) married her first cousin, Holy Roman Emperor Carlos V. A more recent example of maternal parallel cousins marrying would be the Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg and Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma. Can anybody name other examples in history of couples whose mothers were sisters?
As for agnatic cousins, I'm sure there are plenty of more examples. Such unions have occurred everywhere, from the UK (e.g. grandchildren of Frederick, Prince of Wales), Wuerttemberg, and Bavaria, to name just a few examples. Can anybody provide a list of these as well?
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