Love and Romance in the Elizabethan Era: Part 3
Men embroidered shirts with buttons down in the front. People belong to the top class also wore fine silk hat with a single feather. Wear shoes were always made by the high quality leather. Long, flow of their high hats was also increased about class of clothing worn in Elizabethan era.
The upper class used all kinds of fabrics. They mostly used velvet, silk, fur, even taffeta. Such exotic materials were imported from different places around the world.
Bright colors robe very much sought during this phase, such bright colors were also expensive purchase. For instance, the early depictions of Queen Elizabeth, they show her in dark red robe, this intense red is actually found only in the Mediterranean, the insects. Therefore, these kinds of dyes were expensive purchase.
For people belonging to the lower strata of the social categorization wore clothes made from wool, sheepskin, even linen. Such people are not allowed to wear materials in silk or even with velvet gift.
The clothing in the Elizabethan observed people with gold and silver joy and even button gems.
Snoods were also popular in Elizabethan era.
Courtship, the very concept was derived from the Elizabethan era where the ladies of the court were wooed and won by knights and lords of the court through gestures such as of frequent visits, gifts and compliments. The man generally asked a woman's father for permission to court his daughter that implied that the man seriously and openly desired the responsibility of marriage.
In saying "yes" to a courtship proposal, the father was granting the man permission to visit his daughter, give her gifts, accompany her to formal to social events, etc.
Comparable to these days wherein every woman would look forward to that day when they have to walk in the aisle, Elizabethan marriages was also one of the highlight of every woman's life. The chief difference between then and today is that back then the woman possessed very little right in choosing her husband. The matrimony was arranged by families of the bride and the groom in order for the two sides to benefit from one another.
Mostly, these were arranged marriages keeping wealth and reputation into consideration. Families of landowners were expected to marry just to attain land possession. Couples usually met each other ON the day of the wedding.
This was a very well known tradition among well known nobilities. However, people in the lower class would normally go for arranged marriages with the children of friends and neighbors. Thus, the lower the status a family holds in the society then the larger power a person may have in choosing life partners.
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