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Medieval and Renaissance Marriage Customs

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Megan Hatfield

on 7 February 2013

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Transcript of Medieval and Renaissance Marriage Customs

500-1600s Renaissance and Medieval
Marriage Customs Renaissance Statuses Age and Attire Where and When Medieval Age and Attire The styles of the wedding were created
and formed by European traders and travelers.
The marriages were largely based on the social status of the bride and groom. They were held in chapels or in front of the churches steps.
The Roman Catholic Church was popular
and the weddings most often follow
the Roman Catholic way. Marriage was based almost entirely on status, and the man and woman rarely met before wed. When they were married, their belongings and inherited
items were brought up, along with their titles of nobility. Huge feasts were thrown no matter their statuses, guests eating with their fingers. They often served food like roasted boar, fish, cheeses,
nuts, fruits, tarts and custards, and spiced wine.
Squires(servants) served to the couple and
their guests. Grooms often were 14 years older than their brides, and noble women sometimes married when they were 24. They each gave their betrothal, a promise to marry. Most married young. The family would shop with their child and help pick out the gowns or suits used. The color of the suit and dresses could vary, to any color of their liking but both the man and woman wore blue ribbon. The women didn't have a choice in whom they married, and also did not know much of who they were marrying before they wed. The male sometimes could choose their bride. The bride's family was to give dowry to the man she wed, the amount was up to her parents. They could not marry near Lent and Advent,
because of fasting and feasts would not be allowed. If the man or woman had killed someone they could not marry. They also took place outside or in the chapel like the Renaissance, and still had most of
the same customs. The priest of the church or chapel would preform the betrothal and the wedding ceremony. Ring exchanges were made, similar to the marriages today. They also had the man stand on the right and woman on the left, based on that women were made from a rib form Adam's left side by god. The legal age to marry was 12 for girls 14 for
boys. If they weren't of age, they could divorce. Other means of divorce would be if they were not Christian, or either man or woman had killed someone. There was no love in marriage usually,
but they became friends at the least. The gowns were the same, with the same ribbon used in Renaissance times. They mostly made betrothals but sometimes they did not. Works Cited Quiz What color ribbon would the male and female wear?

Who would be expected to pay dowry?

What is one of the foods they would eat during a feast? "Marriage."Medieval Times.N.p.,1993. Web 01 Feb. 2013 Thomas, Kirsti S. "Medieval and Renaissance Marriage:." Medieval and Renaissance Marriage:. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Feb. 2013. "Renaissance Wedding Ceremonies." Renaissance Wedding Ceremonies. World Web Design, LLC, 2001. Web. 01 Feb. 2013. Pictures
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