Getting married in Scotland
Chapters on the changing religious and legal bases of marriage contracts are offset by fascinating anecdotes on love marriages. Recall how Margaret Tudor met and married James IV, act as silent witness as Gretna Green and Hugh Grant make their way to the big day itself! Throwing confetti is a fertility custom and lifting the bride over the threshold comes from the pagan custom (if she stumbled it was seen as bad luck). Before weddings became serious affairs, they were bawdy affairs. The shielding of woman only came in with the Victorians. From traditions like feet washing (later, feet blacking) and bundling, to the time when friends undressed the bride as she waited for the groom to "running the broose" (on foot or on horseback) where the winner got to kiss the bride and a bottle of whiskey -- this book is full of delightful historical anecdotes and fun facts. (National Museum of Scottland)
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