Marriage in Early Modern Times<br />By: Melika, Danica, Laura and Omasan<br />
Customs<br />It was custom for the wealthy to present a small picture of the prospective wife to the man.<br />The bride usually pays dowry to the man. Signifying that she effectively becomes his property<br />“Crying of the banns” announces couples engagement 3 times on 3 consecutive Sundays<br />Brides did not wear a white dress, they wore their best gown and carried a bouquet.<br />Yellow was a forbidden color to wear on a wedding day as it was for mourning.<br />
Expectations<br />Women were expected to either be wed or be a burden onto their families<br />Married women are expected to hide their hair in bonnets, only Unmarried women could wear her hair loose<br />Women do not have a choice in deciding their husbands<br />They were expected to give birth to a lot of children and generally mange the household<br />
Roles of Wives<br />Women were to play the role of housewives and mothers. Children were considered a blessing<br />Women in Early Modern time usually gave birth to children every two years on average; however, not all the children could survive due to many different diseases.<br />“Women are weak and need to be take care of by a male” was the major believe of society about the woman; thus, men were the leaders and their wives were counted as their inferiors.<br />
Roles of Wives Cont…<br />women didn’t receive any inheritance, in cases of being an only child their inheritance would belong to their husband or the male that was taking care of them.<br />The wives had a right to study and have jobs such as being a maid or tutor; however, they also had to do their duties as a wife and a mother at home.<br />They had a lot of freedom in early modern period compared to the wives in the past.<br />
References<br />"Elizabethan Wedding Customs." WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Apr. 2011. <http://www.william-shakespeare.info/elizabethan-wedding-customs.htm>. <br />"Elizabethan Women." Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603). N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Apr. 2011. <http://www.elizabethi.org/us/women/>.<br />"Life in Elizabethan England 10: Love and Marriage." Renaissance, The Elizabethan World - Life in Tudor England . N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Apr. 2011. <http://elizabethan.org/compendium/10.html>.<br />
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