Dating in the elizabethan era
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.
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).
Being that the woman had to bring a monetary portion of wealth to the marriage, for her husband to have and to help prosper the newlywed.
After the man had the father’s permission and a dowry was decided upon he would then proceed towards visiting and bringing gifts to his future wife, if the union was rushed they would also proceed to getting married.
Making the statement “To me she’s married, not unto my clothes.
Could I repair what she will wear in me As I can change these poor accoutrements, ‘Twere well for Kate and better for myself” Again this type of behavior was not traditional of this time, it was extremely contemporary, the time period gives this scene more power being that those ideologies were not accepted yet.
The play then proceeds to a feast which is tradition of the Elizabethan era, the feast wished the couple a long and happy life.
In the church everyone would be respectful towards the priest.
First when Petruchio and Katharina are getting married, Petruchio shows no sign of respect for the ceremony, so much that he has a drink of wine before the ceremony finishes.
I hope you all had a chance to indulge in some celebratory birthday cake for dear Shakespeare last Thursday—I certainly went for it, and had three servings of cake (I figured it was my duty as a professional Shakespeare fangirl to om nom nom on his behalf).
While we’re at it, here’s one of the cakes I had, with some theme-appropriate roses: Uh, yes, back to the significance of roses—or, rather, of the Rose.