Dunmow flitch

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According to an ancient custom of the manor of Dunmow in Essex, a side of bacon given to any married couple who after 12 months of marriage could swear that they had maintained perfect harmony and fidelity. There is reference to it in the Prologue to Chaucer's ‘Wife of Bath's Tale’ (Canterbury Tales, 6). The custom is said to have been instituted by Robert Fitz‐Walter in 1244 and is still observed.

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