Elizabethan dating and marriage
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.
We can see in these three reasons that marriage wasn't just a love affair, nor was it just a business affair.
Besides this law, most parents were very involved with "helping" to choose the spouse of their child because their view of "kinship" at the time actively involved both sides of the family.
In Elizabethan era "marrying the family" really was the case (36).
I wonder if growing up in such a close knit community was the reason Shakespeare was so adept to the universal nature of humans?
were fully established, which is an important addition to marriage.
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).