Erdogan, who initially threatened to attach an escort of Turkish warships to accompany the Gaza-bound Rachel Corrie Ship, never made good on his threat.
To marry for love without land or chattels could assure nothing but a life of penury. Not all young people, however, had marriages arranged for them.
Some were from poor families who had nothing to negotiate and hence would either not marry or marry whom they pleased.
We will be making sure they are safe.” Why then did Erdogan and Turkish officials back down from their original demands when their own citizens were murdered and tortured by the Israelis?
Is it because of pressure from NATO, of which Turkey is a key member, or from the EU, which Turkey is longing to join, that caused Erdogan and his ministers to relent?
In cases where the marriage was part of the family's economic and social strategy, careful planning by the whole unit was needed, for a good marriage could bring considerable economic benefits.
The prospective bride and groom also had an economic stake in a marriage contract, because it would determine not only who their life partner would be, but also how well they could expect to live.
Family and friends played a major role in arranging marriages, especially if land and other wealth accompanied the union.
The parents and siblings in the families had a concern in the marriage, and the lord also wished to keep some accounting of village marrieages.
It was even possible that in times of land shortage, family interference in marriage was less common because they had nothing to bargain with.