Role Of Arranged Marriage In The Renaissance

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Arranged marriages in the Sixteenth Century Family and domesticity were the most important and respected values in the Sixteenth Century in Italy. Marriages were arranged. They were made for convenience, and not for love. There were four parts to a Renaissance wedding in Italy: the impalmamento, the sponsalia, the matrimonium, and the nozze. The first stage was the impalmamento or the joining of hands. It was the initial encounter between the parents of the groom and the bride. At this point, all terms of the marriage had been discussed and settled. The parents met face to face to authorize the betrothal. The soon-to-be partners were now allowed to be in contact with each other. The second phase was the sponsalia or stipulation sponsalitia.…show more content…
The most important duty to fulfill was being a housewife. This pertained to woman of al classes. Young women were informed that they were subordinate and inferior to man. Woman did not have any political power. Women played a very limited role in society. Women were seen, but not heard. Women were supposed to live up to the idea of being the ideal women. Every action a woman wanted to undertake had to be approved by a man. Husbands instilled in their wives specific views and beliefs. Women of different classes had different duties and obligations. A merchant’s wife worked for her husband’s business. The wife of a peasant helped the running and maintaining of the field. Wealthy women a like, had obligations to carry out. They performed chores related to the household, even though they had domestic…show more content…
The play commences with a prank. Men take hold of a beggar, named Christopher Sly and dress him up in fancy apparel. The beggar is then transported to the residence of a nobleman, where he is attended by servants. The nobleman and his court convince the beggar that he is in reality a wealthy man. He was only under the impression that he was a beggar, because he was temporarily crazed. The beggar is then presented with his rich and stunning wife, who is in fact a page dolled up as a woman. The beggar believes that the men are telling him the truth. He falls for the prank. He sits down with his wife, to watch a play that was written for
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