Renaissance dating customs

Many couples would meet for the very first time on their wedding day!

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The Council of Westminster decreed in 1076 that no man should give his daughter or female relative to anyone without priestly blessing.Here, the poet praises the moment when he first saw the eyes of his beloved but elusive Laura, and was bound to her by love, which led to his heart’s being pierced by wounding arrows.This imagery of piercing and binding is ubiquitous on a group of maiolica dishes from Deruta, Faenza, and Gubbio.Marriages were frequently arranged so that both families involved would benefit.Marriages would be arranged to bring prestige or wealth to the family.