Marriage was considered the normal lot of ordinary people. Married after their mate was picked by the parents. In the late 16th century the church became a legal part of the marriage ceremony.
Elizabeth with wedding rings on her hands. https://corsetsandcutlasses.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/love-in-elizabethan-times-its-not-for-sissies/
How important a wedding ring to the Elizabethan?
Among the poor, many wives may go their whole lives without a ring, due to the cost. (In a country village, everyone knows who is married.) In some families, the ring may be one that has been preserved and passed down.
What is a dowry?
Dowry, an important gift given to a woman contributing to her support in marriage or convent life. Until the end of the nineteenth century, parents had an explicit legal obligation to endow their daughters to the best of their abilities. Other relatives or, sometimes, charitable institutions also gave dowries or contributed toward them. In the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries in Latin America most women who married and practically all nuns received a dowry.
What are three marriage and betrothal customs of Elizabethan England?
1) Married women were often homemakers. 2) Women were expected to obey their male relatives. 3) Marriages were often arranged by parents. (“Daily Life in the Elizabethan Era”, 1)
Roman Catholic disapproved of weddings that were too private. (Grendler, 51). If you secretly married it was a wrong thing to do because most of the time parents arranged the marriages, and back then it was hardly about romance and love but it was for social or financial purposes (“Daily Life of Elizabethan Era”).
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