Dating marriage the elizabethan times

Marriage was considered more of a business arrangement between the families than a relationship between a man and a woman.

Elizabethan law gave men full control over their wives.

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Marriage in Elizabethan times was considered a necessity by both men and women.

Women who didn't marry were considered witches by their neighbors, and for lower class women, the only alternative was a life of servitude to wealthier families. While the husbands received the marriage portion from their wives, marriage allowed a woman to maintain a certain status even if she became a widow.

Marriages were arranged by their families in order to bring prestige or wealth to the families involved.While you didn’t, technically, have to get married if you were a woman…there were these exciting bonuses to the wedded state: With this in mind, the act of getting betrothed weighed heavily on the hearts of Elizabethan women, and several of their customs live on today.They were taught that men were more intelligent than women.Many young men and women didn't meet their spouses until their wedding day.

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