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Η κακοπαντρεμένη [The badly wedded lady]

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The badly wedded lady or A rhyme about the old man and the girl is an anonymous, satirical and educational poem written in the 15th or early 16th century, whose theme revolves around the mismatched marriage, both in terms of age and in terms of social convention, between a young lady and an old man, who offers clothes, money, even property as ‘dowry’ for the marriage. Narrated (maybe even written) by an experienced and Rabelaisian woman, the poem is addressed mainly to single girls, and warns them of the consequences of such a marriage.

A. van Gemert (ed.)