Marriage IN ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND Sam Tyminski

A betrothal is an important stage in the process of getting married; courtship

Grendler, Paul Frederick. Encyclopedia of the Renaissance. New York, C. Scribner's Sons, 1999.

Betrothal of the Virgin. 14 century engraving.. Photo. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/300_172780/1/300_172780/cite. Accessed 2 Mar 2017.

Marriage customs and betrothal customs

  • Find a prospective match
  • Start Courting and then involve the respective families
  • Then once the couple decided to marry, and follow a process of negotiation between the families
  • Exchange gifts
  • Announce in church, 3 successive Sundays
  • Dress in the finest of clothes

Forgeng, Jeffrey L. Daily Life in Elizabethan England. Santa Barbara, CA, Greenwood Press, 2010.

Dowry; property that the girl would bring with her into the marriage.

Forgeng, Jeffrey L. Daily Life in Elizabethan England. Santa Barbara, CA, Greenwood Press, 2010.

A Betrothal Interview, illustration from 'Science and Literature in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance', written and engraved by Paul Lacroix, 1878 . Fine Art. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/108_291836/1/108_291836/cite. Accessed 6 Mar 2017.

Importance of the Wedding Ring to the Elizabethans, it symbolizes the bonds of Marriage

“The Marriage Ring.” Life in Elizabethan England 76: The Marriage Ring, 22 Mar. 2008, elizabethan.org/compendium/76.html. Accessed 6 Mar. 2017.

MArriages were announced 3 times in church, for 3 consecutive sundays. If that is not done it is considered clandestine, and illegal.

“More Wedding Customs.” Life in Elizabethan England 62: More Wedding Customs, 22 Mar. 2008, www.elizabethan.org/compendium/62.html. Accessed 6 Mar. 2017.

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