Courting and dating rituals 1400 1600
Just as today a woman's wedding was one of the most important days of her life.
The major difference to Elizabethan wedding customs to a modern day Western marriage is that the woman had very little, if any, choice in who her husband might be.
The art of Medieval Courtly Love was practised in English courts from the 1300's to the 1500's.
During this period of time marriages were arranged and had little to do with love.
Such speculations have been reinforced by observation of dances of primitive peoples in the contemporary world, though the connection between ancient and modern “primitives” is by no means accepted by many scholars.Marriages were frequently arranged so that both families involved would benefit.Marriages would be arranged to bring prestige or wealth to the family.From the earliest records, it appears that Western dance has always embraced an enormous variety of communal or ritual dances, of covers the aesthetics and the varieties of dance, both Western and non-Western.The West cannot always be clearly distinguished from the non-West, especially in such countries as Russia or other regions of the former Soviet Union, where some dances are Asian and others European in origin and character.