Real Housewives of Chicago – 1884

Richard Hershberger

Richard Hershberger is a paralegal working in Maryland. When he isn't doing whatever it is that paralegals do, or taking his daughters to Girl Scouts, he is dedicated to the collection and analysis of useless and unremunerative information.

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  1. Kolohe says:

    Who was on the husband first?Report

  2. I’m missing something. What’s notably odd about marrying a former wife’s (or girlfriend’s) sister?Report

    • Chip Daniels in reply to Mike Schilling says:

      Yeah my thought as well.
      Being the monkey-loving liberal I am, I expected something a bit more, well, Santorumesque.Report

    • LeeEsq in reply to Mike Schilling says:

      A key can be glanced from the other side of the pond. In the United Kingdom, you were not allowed to marry your deceased’s spouse’s sibling because such marriages were seen as too incestuous even though there wasn’t any blood involved. For some reasons marrying your cousin was considered less icky. I think this policy dated back to Elizabeth I and was considered important enough to drum into the population that they put into the Book of Common Prayer. The United States got rid of this policy but there might have still be the cultural argument against this.Report

      • Richard Hershberger in reply to LeeEsq says:

        This may have been fallout from the Elizabeth legitimacy debate. The issue was the legitimacy of Henry’s marriage to Katherine of Aragon. Katherine had previously been married to Prince Arthur, Henry’s older brother, though as I recall there was some question as to whether it had been consummated. When Henry dumped Katherine for Anne Boleyn the argument was that the marriage to Katherine had been illegal, what with her previous marriage to his brother.Report