Marriage dating customs elizabethan era
This could be a dangerous moment for the inexperienced, the over-optimistic, or those carried away by their feelings.On 1 January 1519, William Hanwell allegedly contracted marriage with Isabel Riddysdale in a house in Beachampton (Bucks), saying: “I William take thee Isabel to my wedded wife and there unto I plight my troth”. In law, these words of consent were a contract that made the couple man and wife in the instant they were spoken.A man would generally not marry until the age of 21, but women could be married far younger.Being married became a matter of increasing urgency as a girl grew older, as unmarried women during that era were often seen as witches.Before the courtship process could begin, however, the man was expected to request permission from the woman's father, who would grant him the privilege of his daughter's company during visits and social occasions.Although a woman may have loved the man courting her, love was incidental when it came to marriages during Elizabethan times.
The tradition of the bride wearing a white wedding dress had not yet come into fashion, so Elizabethan brides would be married in their finest gowns.Here, Professor Ralph Houlbrooke from the University of Reading reveals the customs surrounding love and marriage in Tudor times In Tudor England, most people who married did so only after they had the wherewithal to establish a household of their own.This usually meant waiting at least until they were in their twenties.During the years 1558 to 1603, "Virgin Queen" Elizabeth I ruled England during what was ultimately one of the most fascinating periods in British history, an era that included colonisation of the New World and the works of William Shakespeare.The Elizabethan era was also when traditional ideas of love and marriage came to include the concept of courtship.
The express consent of the partners was necessary to make a valid marriage.