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Elizabethan Courtship & Theatre

A presentation about types of courtship and marriage procedures during the Elizabethan age. Writing II Project

Benni Gregg

on 18 April 2012

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Transcript of Elizabethan Courtship & Theatre

less common
arranged by an attraction between a man and woman
the man would seek permission to court the lady by the father or family
based on love, not inheretance (i.e. similar to Romeo and Juliet) ELIZABETHAN COURTSHIP & MARRIAGE Understand this

Women during the Elizabethan era of history were considered 'second class citizens'
They were expected to marry regardless of their social standing
If a women was single, they were considered as witches by society. Sources:
Atkinson, Angela. "About Marriage in Elizabethan Times." EHow. 23 Jan. 2011. Web. 12 Feb. 2011. <http://www.ehow.com/about_4571160_marriage-elizabethan-times.html>.
Best, Michael. "The Age of Marriage." Internet Shakespeare Editions. University of Victoria, Feb. 1999. Web. 11 Feb. 2011. <http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/SLT/society/family/marriage.html>.
Best, Michael. "The Marriage Ceremony." Internet Shakespeare Editions. University of Victoria, Feb. 1999. Web. 11 Feb. 2011. <http://internetshakespeare.uvic.ca/Library/SLT/society/family/ceremony.html>.
"Elizabethan Marriages and Weddings." ELIZABETHAN ERA. Web. 11 Feb. 2011. <http://www.elizabethan-era.org.uk/elizabethan-marriages-and-weddings.htm>.
"Folk-lore of Shakespeare: Chapter XIII. Marriage." Internet Sacred Text Archive Home. Web. 12 Feb. 2011. <http://www.sacred-texts.com/sks/flos/flos15.htm>.
"Marriage and Inheritance in Shakespeare's Era." 123HelpMe.com. Web. 13 Feb 2011
Tyszka, Todd. "Courtship." TODDTYSZKA.COM. Apr. 2007. Web. 11 Feb. 2011. <http://www.toddtyszka.com/courtship.html>. FIRST FORM OF COURTSHIP

where the parents or family of the two parties arranged marriage
usually for economic gain FURTHER INFO ON COURTSHIP

freedom of choice varied in a family
love was restricted for wealth purposes
marriage amongst laborers and the middle class was delayed because it took a long time for a couple to acquire enough belongings to set up a life and family mARRIAGE CONTRACT
a certain amount of cash, property, and goods that bride would bring during the ceremony
benefited the groom
the bride would now become the man’s property as it was considered as her share WEDDING
today except that the bride promised to obey her husband, and did not usually wear white
ceremonies were religious; thus: took place at a church & was conducted by a minister
Wedding ceremonies commenced with the Crying of the Banns, a public announcement made in which to inform of the couple’s marriage (announced three times on three Sundays or Holy days consecutively)
Ceremonies were public and a priest and witnesses was required.
Wedding invitations were not provided.
Tradition was to celebrate the wedding occasion with a party and thus, gifts were rarely offered.
Such a celebration would include of a menu comprise of exotic dishes if the family was wealthy. Age in which to marry:
minimum age
boys: 14 years
girls: 12 years

Average ages
men: 21 years
ladies: 20 years

For Your Consideration

in romeo & juliet, Lady Capulet states that it is high time for Juliet to marry even though she was not yet 14 years.

To marry at a young age was conceivable at Shakespeare’s time. COURTSHIP

Term derives from the Elizabethan era

where a man would ask a woman’s father for permission to court his daughter

a 'yes' granted the man permission to visit his daughter, give her gifts, accompany her to formal social events, etc. in an attempt to woo and win over the lady Thank you for your Attention Children of noble birth whom married without the approval of their parents, ran a risk of gaining no inheretance
i.e. Romeo and Juliet marriage contract
Two people join hands as the groom places the ring on the bride’s right hand (placement of the ring would then be changed to the left hand at the wedding)
Marriage contract would then be sealed with a kiss, and signatures by Benni Gregg
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