Today's lesson dealt with primary source documents from the time period of Romeo and Juliet, and with comparing marriage customs from that time period with our idea of how love/marriage ought to work today. We worked with partners to complete this activity; if you were absent, you can complete it individually by downloading the files below, and following these instructions:
- Read Document #1: Constitutions and Canons Ecclesiasticall. In order to read this, you'll need to know that printing and spelling have changed in the past 400 years. Often, an f = s, u = v (and vice versa) and sometimes an i = j.
- Read Document #2: Historical Background of Marriage Customs.
- Fill out the Marriage Customs Worksheet:
- In the 1st column: read the law or rule
- In the 2nd column: what, or who, in R&J does this quotation remind you of? Where can you see that this law or rule is followed or believed in? Be specific! There may be multiple angles to consider.
- In the 3rd column: What do we believe/do about this subject today? Again, be specific…
This was due at the end of class.