Meta Monday: Marriage Customs
“The cloak,” she commanded, and the women brought it out: a long cloak of white velvet heavy with pearls. A fierce direwolf was embroidered upon it in silver thread. Sansa looked at it with sudden dread. “Your father’s colors,” said Cersei, as they fastened it about her neck with a slender silver chain.
A maiden’s cloak. Sansa’s hand went to her throat. She would have torn the thing away if she had dared.
On the heels of last night’s marriage between Tyrion and Sansa on Game of Thrones and on the eve of Edmure’s festive wedding at the Twins, today’s topic is marriage customs in Westeros and medieval Europe. The marriages in Westeros are shaped by their religions—the Faith, the Old Gods, and the Drowned God. In medieval Europe, however, only one religion, Christianity, shaped marriage customs, and as we might see, those customs were not as religious as we might expect.