AN ADMONITION: To all such as shall intend hereafter to enter the state of Matrimonie godly, and agreeable to Lawes.

FIrst, that they contract not with such persons as be hereafter expressed, nor with any of like degree, against the law of God, and the lawes of the Realme.

Secondly, that they make no secret contracts without consent and counsaile of their Parents or elders, vnder whose authoritie they be: contrarie to Gods Lawes, and mans ordinances.

Thirdly, that they contract not a new with any other, vpon diuorse and separation made by the Iudge for a time, the lawes yet standing to the contrarie.

MAriage is Honorable among all men, and the bed vndefiled. But Whormongers and Adulterers God will iudge. Heb. 23.
To auoyde Fornication, let euery Man haue his Wife; and let euery Woman haue her Husband. He that cannot conteine, let him marrie. For it is better to marrie then to burne.1. Cor. 7.
Vnto the married I commaund; not I, but the Lord: Let not the Wife depart from her Husband: But if she depart, let her remaine vnmarried, or be re­conciled vnto her Husband. And let not the Husband put away his Wife. 1. Cor. 7.

Leuitici. xviij. and. vi. ‘None shall come neare to any of the kinred of his flesh to vncouer her shame: I am the Lord.’

A man may not marrie his
Secundus dradus in linea recta ascendente
af.Aui relicta.2Grandfathers wife.
af.Prosocrus, vel socrus magna.3Wiues Grandmother.
Secundus gradus inaequalis, in linea trens­uersa ascendente.
Con.Amita.4Fathers Sister.
con.Martertera.5Mothers Sister.
af.Patrui relicta.6Fathers Brothers wife.
af.Auunculi relicta.7Mothers Brothers wife.
af.Amita vxoris.8Wiues Fathers Sister.
af.Martertera vxoris.9Wiues Mothers Sister.
Primus gradus in linea recta ascendente
af.Socrus.12Wiues Mother.
Primus gradus in linea recta descendente
af.Pr [...]igna.14Wiues Daughter.
af. [...]irus.15Sonnes Wife.
Primus gradus aequalis in linea trāsuersali
af.Soror vxoris.17Wiues Sister.
af.Fratris relicta.18Brothers Wife.
Secundus gradus in linea recta descendēte
Con.Neptis ex filio.19Sonnes Daughter.
con.Neptis ex filia.20Daughters Daughter.
af.Pronurus. i. relicta nepotis ex filio.21Sonnes Sonnes wife.
af.Pronurus. i. relicta nepotis ex filia.22Daughters Sonnes wife.
af.Priuigni filia.23Wiues Sonnes daughter.
af.Priuignae filia.24Wiues daughters daughter.
Secundus gradus inaequalis, in linea trans­uersali descendente.
Con.Neptis ex fratre.25Brothers daughter.
con.Neptis ex sorore.26Sisters daughter.
af.Nepotis ex fratre relicta.27Brothers Sonnes wife.
af.Nepotis ex sorore relicta.28Sisters Sonnes wife.
af.Neptis vxoris ex fratre.29Wiues brothers daughter.
af.Neptis vxoris ex sorore.30Wiues Sisters daughter.
A woman may not marrie with her
Secundus gradus in recta linea ascendente.
2Grandmothers relictus.
3Husbands, vel socer magnus.
Secundus gradus inaequalis linea transuer­sali ascendente.
4Fathers Brother.Con.Patruus.
5Mothers Brother.con.Auunculus.
6Fathers Sisters relictus.
7Mothers Sisters relictus.
8Husbands Fathers mariti.
9Husbands Mothers mariti.
Primus gradus in linea recta ascendente
Primus gradus in linea recta descendente.
Primus gradus aequalis in linea transuer­sali.
17Husbands [...]ui [...].
18Sisters relictus.
Secundus gradus in linea recta descendente
19Sonnes Sonne.Con.Nepos ex filio.
20Daughters Sonne.con.Nepos ex filia.
21Sonnes Daughters i. relictus neptis ex filio.
22Daughters daughters husbandaf.Progener. i. relictus neptis ex filia.
23Husbands Sonnes filius.
24Husbands Daughters filius.
Secundus gradus inaequalis in linea trans­uersali descendente
25Brothers Sonne.Con.Nepos ex fratre.
26Sisters Sonne.con.Nepos ex sorore.
27Brothers Daughters ex fratre relictus.
28Sisters Daughters ex sorore relictus.
29Husbands Brothers filius. i. nepos mariti ex fratre.
30Husbands Sisters filius. i. nepos mariti ex sorore.

1 IT is to be noted, that those persons which be in the direct line ascendent and descendent, cannot marry togeather, although they be neuer so farre a sunder in degree.

2 It is also to be noted, that Consanguinitie and affinitie (letting & dissol­uing matrimonie) is contracted as wel in them, & by them which be of kin­dred by the one side, as in and by them which be of kindred by both sides.

3 Item, that by the lawes, Consanguinitie and affinitie (letting and dissol­uing Matrimonie) is contracted as well by vnlawfull companie of man and woman, as by lawfull mariage.

4 Item, in contracting betwixt persons doubtfull, which be not expressed in this Ta [...], It is most sure, first to consult with men learned in the lawes; to vnderstand what is lawfull, what is honest and expedient, before the finishing of their contracts.

Item, that no Parson, Vicar, or Curat, shall solemnize Matrimonie out of his or their Cure, or parish Church or Chappell: and shall not solem­nize the same in priuate Houses, nor lawlesse or exempt Churches, vnder the paines of the Law, forbidding the same. And that the Curate haue their Certificates, when the parties dwell in diuers Parishes.

Item, the [...]nds of Matrimonie ought to be openly denounced to the Church by [...] Minister, three seuerall Sundayes or Feastiuall dayes, to the intent, that who will and can alledge any impediment, may be heard, and that stay may be made till further trial, if any exception be made there against it, vpon sufficient caution.

7 Item, who shall malitiously obiect a friuolous impediment against a lawful Matrimonie, to disturbe the same, is subiect to the paines of the Law.

8 Item, who shall presume to contract in the degrees prohibited (though he do it ignorantly) besides that the fruit of such copulation may be iudged vnlaw­full, is also punishable at the Ordinaries discretion.

9 Item, if any Minister shall conioyne any such, or shalbe present at such con­tracts making, ought to be suspended from his Ministerie for three yeeres: and otherwise to be punished according to the Lawes.

10 Item, it is further ordeined, that no Parson, Vicar, or Curat, do preach, treat, or expound, of his owne voluntarie inuention, any matter of contro­uersie in the Scriptures, if he be vnder the degree of a maister of Art, except he be licensed by his Ordinarie therevnto, but onely for the instruction of the people, read the Homilies already set foorth, and such other forme of doctrine as shall be hereafter by authoritie published. And shall not innouate or alter any thing in the Church, or vse any olde rite or ceremony, which be not set foorth by publicke authoritie.

Set foorth by the most reuerend Father in God, Mathew Archbishop of Canterburie, Primate of England, and Metropolitane.

Imprinted at London for Edward White.

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