About Marriage by dristin hughes

Second Marriage, painting, 1829. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016. quest.eb.com/search/300_350196/1/300_350196/cite. Accessed 7 Mar 2017.

What is the definition of betrothal?

Betrothal is the promise of marriage, or engagement. (Barnhart, Cynthia A. "betrothal." Bloom's Literary Reference Online. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 7 Mar. 2017. <http://fofweb.infobase.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54>.)

Customs of marriage and betrothal in Elizabethan England:

¨Church law permitted marriage at age 12 for girls and 14 for boys, although parental consent was required for anyone under the age of 21.¨(Forgeng, 64)Forgeng, Jeffrey L. Daily Life in Elizabethan England. Santa Barbara, CA, Greenwood Press, 2010.

How is the intention to marry announced? What happens if it is not announced previous to the event?

¨the banns were asked in the couples respective parish churches on three successive Sundays. The banns were a form of marriage announcement; their main purpose was to provide an opportunity to reveal any impediments before the marriage.¨ (Forgeng, 66)Forgeng, Jeffrey L. Daily Life in Elizabethan England. Santa Barbara, CA, Greenwood Press, 2010. If the marriage is not announced before the event, it would have to be sorted out in a case-by-case basis.

What is a dowry?

¨money, property, etc., that a woman brings to her husband when she marries him.

2 a natural gift, talent, or quality. Also, dower.¨ (Barnhart, Cynthia A. "dowry." Bloom's Literary Reference Online. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 7 Mar. 2017. <http://fofweb.infobase.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54>.)

How important is a wedding ring to the Elizabethans?

Engagement is taken very seriously. Marriage in the 16th century is Most likely permanent. It is a promise made to the wife, and the family. And promises should not be broken, that is how important a ring is.

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