Renaissance courtship dating
Ivory French casket with scenes of romances – possibly a courtship gift.
Courtship is the systematic process that one undergoes in order to ensure compatibility with a lifelong partner.
Its mating-ritual qualities went no further than curtsies, bows, and tight-lipped smiles.
“I don’t want to sound cheesy, but it’s about love,” said Vezzoli after the opening, looking subdued himself in all black and a tiny diamond-cross necklace.
The major difference to Elizabethan wedding customs to a modern day Western marriage is that the woman had very little, if any, choice in who her husband might be.
Marriages would be arranged to bring prestige or wealth to the family.
Elizabethan woman were raised to believe that they were inferior to men and that men knew better!
A re-creation of a 15th-century royal-court soirée, Fortuna Desperata, the performance had all the step-touch, step-touch thrill of a midwestern square dance (albeit with coy smiles on the lips of the set of lithe dancers).
Just as today a woman's wedding was one of the most important days of her life.