A brief history of courtship and dating in america
In fact, before about 1200 courting didn’t exist at all!
In ancient times, many women found themselves married to their husbands because they were captured by them.
This was about the same time as the King James Version of the Bible was translated with its risqué, romantic Song of Solomon.
Romantic love finally became viewed as the primary requirement for marriage during the Victorian Era.
All of this took place under the watchful eyes of parents. With the advent of the birth control pill and feminist freedom, the old dating rules no longer applied.
These marriages were seemingly viewed as ‘business relationships’ and were based on a desire or need for money, property or political alliances.
The parents handled everything and love was not a prerequisite of these marriages.
Men would meet their brides at port and become engaged, if not married, right then.
Similar practices were going on in the United States.
After the introductions, if a gentleman wished to visit with a lady, he would present his card to her.