The Merchant's Ideas of Marriage Essay
1393, (Perry, M, Peden J.R., Von Laue, T.H, 2009) which is the beginning of the Renaissance. In this time period young girls were usually married off at a young age ranging from 12-14 to men about 2-3 times their age. At this age they were deemed socially mature enough to be entered into marriage although this was not the case physically. Presently, the ages of 12-14 would have place the girls in grades 7 to 9, this in present times is unacceptable but marriage was come to be expected at this age during the renaissance. Due to this, there was a great overlap between childhood and becoming an adult, there was no such term as ‘adolescence’. “The central theme of adolescence is finding one’s self” (E.R. Ostrander, L.H. Snyder, 1970, p27) and many had little to no knowledge of what to expect once married. Many girls did not meet their suitor beforehand as well, so this made it very difficult to predict the Condition of married life. Parents attempted to direct their daughters as to what to do but in many cases, it amounted to ‘obeying’ their husbands every need.
Politically conditions also applied to the marriage as well. Women rarely married under their social class as their parents wished to maintain family honor. In doing this they were able to ensure fanatical stability for their daughter. All women also were married off with a dowry that her