Admittedly, modern day folklore and film seeks to depict middle ages romance and marriage as entirely romantic.
Some were from poor families who had nothing to negotiate and hence would either not marry or marry whom they pleased.
How did your grandparents and great-grandparents court and fall in love?
These days, couples in Western countries usually date casually — though online matchmaking has recently changed the face of dating and courtship dramatically — but traditionally, there were formal courtship rituals that evolved over the ages.
Chastity and honor were the virtues of the day for women in the Middle Ages.
Courtship as we now know it was not common during the time of Queen Elizabeth I in England.