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Surprising 7: Historical Misconceptions

Lords of the Manor exercised their right of the first night
According to a belief, the lord had the right to spend the first night with the newly wedded bride of their serf or vassal. Today all historians agree that no such right ever existed.
The origin of the legend can be linked to the script of the Scottish historian, Hector Boece (1465-1536), who tended to fill in the gaps in his historical explanations with fictitious elements. According to him, Scottish king Evenus III was the first to grant the right of the first night (in Latin: jus primae noctis). However, no such king existed.

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