An interested gentleman could not simply walk up to a young lady and begin a conversation.
Once they had been formally introduced, if the gentleman wished to escort the lady home he would present his card to her.At the end of the evening the lady would look over her options and chose who would be her escort.During medieval times, the importance of love in a relationship emerged as a reaction to arranged marriages, but was still not considered a prerequisite in matrimonial decisions.Suitors wooed their intended with seranades and flowery poetry, following the lead of lovelorn characters on stage and in verse. In 1228, it is said by many that women first gained the right to propose marriage in Scotland, a legal right that then slowly spread through Europe.
According to an old French custom, as the moon went through all its phases the couple drank a brew called metheglin, which was made from honey. Arranged marriages were the norm, primarily business relationships born out of the desire and/or need for property, monetary or political alliances.From buying a woman dinner to opening a door for her, many of today's courting rituals are rooted in medieval chivalry.