) but courtship and weddings are very much on the minds of the Maids of Honor.
In Meg’s book, MAID OF SECRETS, Meg is absolutely determined not to marry.
This is a rare attitude for young Elizabethan girls, but she has led a life of relative freedom and personal accountability, and she finds the prospect of being “owned” by a man somewhat less than desirable.
In book 2, MAID OF DECEPTION, Beatrice understands marriage for the power play that it is, and readers will discover that the politics of wedded bliss can be difficult… Here’s wishing you a Valentine’s Day filled with wonderful traditions of your own!
Since women were considered to be inferior during these times this could be considered to be a terrible thing.
Boy would often not marry until they reached the age of consent, 21.
Elizabethan Era marriages normally took place through the help of a miniature picture given by the man.
The picture is a symbolism of the traits and looks of the girl he wishes to marry.
Of course, if it was discovered that either party was already married, that also would be cause for calling off the new wedding.
The customs of the actual wedding are worth a blog on its own (perhaps in June!