In seventeenth-century England, being married played a far more important social role than it does nowadays. The position of women in seventeenth-century English marriage was dictated by her family relationships, with an importance on the inferiority of women. The law was strongly in favor of the fathers and husbands of women. It was a fact that married women had no financial rights that would make her independent of her husband and that everything that was hers was his. Men also had a right hit their wife’s in this time period without any consequences and sadly it was a common occurrence in marriage. A husband’s dominance or “rule” over his wife and children was pretty much seen as a king’s reign over the people in his country. A woman was regarded as a creature physically, intellectually, morally and even spiritually inferior to a man which gave man had a right to dominate her.1 So this lead to men being able to control their wife like nothing we have ever seen in modern times. Women were waiting on men hand and foot in a soci...
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While marriages in seventeenth century England had similarities with present day such as people marrying for love, it also was very different then it is in today’s world. Back then marriages where more than just for love, they where for social status and were meant to prove a statement to society. All women wanted to prove that they can give birth to a child and men want the power of being the head of a household. While marriages were still being arranged, some people where starting to live their own love life’s without the blessings of their families and would go with their hearts like what is done in the present day. Even though marriage was nowhere near as equal as it is today for the men and women involved one thing was certain, and that was the fact that people still wanted to be with one another and that has not changed over the past three thousand years.
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