The period spans between and Although no one knows the exact end date of the era, its legacy lives on, and we can see evidence of it in many things such as furniture, culture, traditions, and customs. It was during the Victorian Era that men and women upheld high standards of morals. Both genders behaved with modesty and complied with rules of etiquette, especially those who belonged to the upper echelons of society. It is noted that people of lower financial status were much more liberal than the upper class.
Victorian Buzzfeed: 'The 25 Stages From Courtship to Marriage'
Posted by Rebecca Lane May 20, The mating rituals of humans, that act of finding the perfect partner with which to procreate, is a complex and often mind-boggling process. The intricate dance between men and women is an age-old process that continues to change and evolve with the times. Modern courtship consists of informal dating. Today, dating is as much a social practice as it is a formal mating process.
The Dating Traditions During the Victorian Period
Victorian Courtship. The Victorians romanticized love as well as tragedy. They revered courtship and love, despite their strict moral code and rules of etiquette. To gatherings, young women were chaperoned, usually by their mothers or some other married woman, to ensure nothing 'improper' occurred. Various books dictated proper etiquette; Godey's Lady's Book and Mrs.
The rules and suggestions for courtship and romance occupy most of the space in Victorian etiquette and letter writing books. There are usually flowery forms for written proposals from the suitor as well as a plethora of gushing acceptances from the bride-elect. Near the end of the section there is generally one curt letter of refusal to a marriage proposal. Usually the tone of the letter is vague and contains assurances that the honored lady thanks the gentleman for his offer but she cannot accept his proposal. The Victorian precept that a lady "never explains or complains" is followed rigidly.