Dating elizabethan england
Love and courtship, however, remained steeped in tradition.
How and whom you married depended hugely on one factor: class.
Spinsters were regarded with suspicion, and married women were higher up in the social hierarchy, no matter the class or age.
Her only choices would be to return home or to turn to a life of a dolly mop, the name for a servant turned prostitute.
Because it took awhile for men to save up enough to be able to afford a wife and family, middle class and upper working class men tended to marry later in life. For those downstairs, relationships were strictly forbidden.