It is a period famed for the high-profile marriages of Henry VIII and his six wives, but what of nuptials lower down the social pecking order?
Here, Professor Ralph Houlbrooke from the University of Reading reveals the customs surrounding love and marriage in Tudor times In Tudor England, most people who married did so only after they had the wherewithal to establish a household of their own.
Funeral customs in Shakespearean times were quite different than they are today.
It is interesting to compare and contrast the similarities.
Eric Rasmussen explains the complex process of getting married in Shakespeare’s England, and the way this worked for young Will himself.
He explores the tension, in Shakespeare’s plays, between the old order, in which fathers chose their daughters’ husbands, and the new order based on mutual love, but still plagued by the threat of infidelity.
represented the apogee of the English Renaissance and saw the flowering of poetry, music and literature.
The era is most famous for theatre, as William Shakespeare and many others composed plays that broke free of England's past style of theatre.
As Europe modernized, however, the Puritans and others began to champion the novel idea of marriages based on mutual inclination and love.
Time and again Shakespeare’s plays dramatise the conflict between the old order in which fathers chose husbands for their daughters and the new order in which daughters wished to choose their own mates based on affection.
If the family was very wealthy, they may even provide black clothing for professional mourners.