The jus primae noctis, enjoyed by men of the bridegroom's totem.
The jus primae noctis of the medieval feudal lord continues in another form in these very days of ours.
They practise polygamy, and the lords have the jus primae noctis, which is considered as conferring great honour.
The participation of many men in the jus primae noctis is open to various explanations.
It was not exacted from a free man, which is corroborative proof of its origin in the jus primae noctis, of the feudal lord.
It is unnecessary to refer here to the explanation of the jus primae noctis suggested by Mr Crawley.
There is no mention of any jus primae noctis where the marriage was the result of betrothal.