The Original Best Man: Cock Block Interceptor

Guys have been going to extremes to get some tail for as long as humans have existed, and the origin of the term “best man” is a perfect example. A shortage of women in many villages during Gothic times in Germany caused men to seek brides from neighboring towns and villages. Apparently this was not a welcome practice for the towns whose women were stolen.

To combat the violent resistance they would face when stealing a bride, these men needed backup. Success in these struggles required the “best” man with a sword that you knew. The best man’s duties did not end there, however. Once the bride was stolen, her family would often come armed in an attempt to reclaim her. The best man would have to stand guard at the altar to ensure a safe exchange of vows. Going further, his protection was needed the most outside of the marital bedroom to protect the groom from being caught with his pants down.

Overall, it is a pretty different story than carrying the rings and giving a speech. There was so much bride-stealing going on in these areas that weapons were stored in the floorboards of the churches in case of a surprise wedding “objection” from the stolen bride’s family. It is a pretty badass way to get a woman, but when supplies are short, you have to do what you have to do.

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