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Bruce Young introduces the topic of Elizabethan marriage with the finding that "Most historians conclude that love and friendship were essential elements of English marriages throughout the entire early modern period [Renaissance]" (44).
Men and women mingled with relative freedom and there wasn't usually a wide gap between husbands and wives.
The average age of marriage in England through the 1500-1600s was 25-26 for women and 27-28 for men (41).
There were formal courting standards of getting the approval of a woman's parents before trying to "woo" her, but was also much like it is today--meeting through friends, getting acquainted over dinner, going out to social gatherings. Young states that both men and women were active in choosing a spouse.
Marriage was a duty, a religious commitment, a comfort & joy and also held high importance to society.
Family was central to the Elizabethan society as their identity rested upon community not individuality (29).
I wonder if we would feel as united, and committed as couples without having the same last name?
We can see in these three reasons that marriage wasn't just a love affair, nor was it just a business affair.As if this were not enough, the art form into which his creative energies went was not remote and bookish but involved the vivid stage impersonation of human beings, commanding sympathy and inviting vicarious participation.Thus, Shakespeare’s merits can survive translation into other languages and into cultures remote from that of Elizabethan England.I believe this is something that gave root to romance and love-based-marriages during the time.Of course, there is also evidence of what is called "companionate marriage"--a marriage that is more "calculated" than driven by love (44).
I think there is evidence in Shakespeare's plays of all the different types of marriage in his time--companionate, lustful, and a sincere loving marriage.