The male heir to the throne was often married to the oldest daughter (often his sister or stepsister) of the Great Royal Wife.
"Would you like me to tell you the difference between making love to an Egyptian woman and a European woman?
" "Mike", my driver in Luxor, leaned forward and gazed sincerely in my eyes. They have sex for two minutes, just to relieve themselves, and the women lie like boards.
If a woman committed adultery, it was considered grounds for a divorce and could also bring a punishment of burning or stoning. It is unclear if the same punishments were applied to men.
For people of nobility and royalty, a different set of marriage customs applied. A pharaoh was married to a queen with a distinct title of the “Great Royal Wife.” He was also married to several minor wives that were quite often arranged for political reasons.
Egyptian marriages were monogamous, meaning the custom of being married to just one person at a time.