Dating marriage elizabethan times

A betrothal ring was not always exchanged, but the custom did gain popularity in Elizabethan times.

—————————— Jennifer Mc Gowan’s Maid of Secrets debuts May 7, 2013, from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

A betrothal was binding but, unlike a wedding, it could be broken without terrible fuss for one of several reasons–including disfigurement of either party, infidelity of either party, or either the man or woman committing treason or heresy.

Of course, if it was discovered that either party was already married, that also would be cause for calling off the new wedding.

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.

For example, the act of a betrothal was typically sealed with a kiss.

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