A Marriage Ceremony, an illustration from 'A Book of Roxburghe Ballads' (woodcut) (b/w photo) . woodcut. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.
Back in Elizabethan England, there would be a betrothal that led directly to the wedding. (Grendler, 51)
In Elizabethan England, Women were not viewed as valuable. They were often homemakers when they were married. Married women were expected to obey their male relatives. (“Daily Life in the Elizabethan Era”, 1)
Procession for the wedding of Frederick V, Elector Palatine and Princess Elizabeth, c.1613 (engraving) . engraving. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/108_4069470/1/108_4069470/cite. Accessed 19 Mar 2017.
Marriages in Elizabethan England were usually arranged by the parents. (“Daily Life in the Elizabethan Era”, 1)
Penshurst Wedding. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/158_2439451/1/158_2439451/cite. Accessed 19 Mar 2017.
Marriage was considered an ordinary lot for the people. (Grendler, 51)
Since marriages were arranged by the parents, it wasn't about romance and love. If you had married secretly, it was wrong. (“Daily Life in the Elizabethan Era”, 1)
A dowry, important gift given to the woman to contribute to her support for the marriage, would be given sometimes by relatives.
Wedding rings showed wealth. Many poor women would go their whole lives without a ring, because the cost was too high.
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English Presentation Elizabethan Courtship and Marriage. Youtube, 8 Dec. 2016. Youtube, www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rBQ5hzuXFg. Accessed 19 Mar. 2017.