Elizabethan Marriage and Law

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Elizabethan Era: Marriage Laws and  Customs Quinn
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Thesis: Society Influences Ideas and  Rules of Love and Marriage. 
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Elizabethan Era: History
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Political Queen Elizabeth reigned during this  period--from 1558 to 1603 (when the  Stuart Period began).  Golden Age The defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 Period of expansion Arts flourished
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Social Patriarchal society—ironic because Queen  Elizabeth is the ruler of the country. Marriage laws were stricter towards women  even though ruler was a woman.  she set herself apart from other women. Which  helped in ruling in a patriarchal society.  Elizabeth was called the virgin queen and never  married because if she did marry her throne  would have gone to the man. She declared  herself married to England.  marrying risked a loss of control or of foreign  interference in her affairs
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Economical Unsuccessful  excursions in  foreign lands  drained the English  economy Elizabeth had  restored it under  her guidance until  this point. Trans-Atlantic Trade  greatly benefitted  the economy.
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Marriage Culture and Law of  Elizabethan Era
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Wedding Ceremony White wasn’t always  the color of the  wedding dress- that  was developed later  on. Wedding ceremony  was solemn unlike  now.  Weddings were  always a religious  ceremony conducted  by minister Many weddings now  are religious however  not all. Some people  No wedding registry: - Crying the Banns- Announcement of couple’s enggement- same process now in England - Couple’s intention to marry was announced in church 3 times on 3 consecutive Sundays or Holy days so objections could be raised or pre- contracts discovered. - Marriages not published beforehand in this manner was illegal.
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Wedding Law Legal for girls to marry at 12 That was unusual because the actual age  of consent was 21 Higher class women had less choice in  marriage than lower class women.  Single women were thought to be  witches so marriage. Marriage meant being in charge of their  own home. Women were second class citizens Raised to believe they were inferior  to men and it was a crime not to  obey men. “Gremio: To cart her, rather.  She’s too rought for me.— There, there, Hortensio, will  you any wife?” Became husband’s property after  marriage Women brought a dowry into the  marriage deal. The amount of money  and goods that they offered was their  share of the marriage for the husband  taking care of her. Legal for boys to marry at 14
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