Dating in the elizabethan era difference between dating exclusively and being in a relationship
One of Shakespeare’s multiple comedies in which a headstrong and bratty shrew known as Katharina is courted by a wealthy gentleman of Varona, Petruchio.Who mimics her maniacal tantrums in order to “tame” the shrew and convert her into a compliant bride.The Rose was an Elizabethan theatre built in 1587 where many of Shakespeare’s plays were performed, and is thought to be the first public playhouse to stage his work.However, the Rose began to suffer when The Globe Theatre was built in 1599 by Shakespeare’s own “playing company” (the term for a Renaissance theatre group), which was then called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men (and was later renamed the King’s Men during the Jacobean period).
In the text she analyzes “Petruchio’s fortune-hunting bombast, together with his claim to have “better’d” his inheritance, marks him as one of the new gentry, who continually sought to improve their estates through commerce, forays into business or overseas trade, or by contracting wealthy marriages.” Which it is, settling with her father Babtista for “After my death, the one half of my lands, And, in possession, twenty thousand crowns.” Petruchio then arranges that on his side “And for that dowry, Ill assure her of Her widowhood, be in that she survives me, In all my lands and leases whatsoever, Let specialties be therefore drawn between us, That covenants may be kept on either hand.” The arrangement of the union is treated as a business transaction, so much that “specialties” or contracts have to be drawn on both sides.
In the play Petruchio wants to marry the shrew Katharina because of the wealth of her family, also knowing that her dowry will be high.
In the article “Household Kates: domesticating commodities in The Taming of the Shrew” by Natasha Korda.
Which is uncommon of ladies to do during this time period, her doing this was a demonstration of her shrewdness.
During this time period woman had no say in who they were going to marry, so they would not oppose the union.