Love and Marriage

A history of marriage in Great Britain and the United States from the Early Modern Period (1500) to the present (2014).

This timeline traces the shifting meanings and cultural functions of love and marriage through an archive of legal, religious, and literary or cultural texts. The material here was curated and organized by the students of a Vanderbilt University Women's and Gender Studies first-year seminar.

2014 Grammy Awards

Queen Latifah officiates as dozens of couples get married at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

Exit, pursued by bear

Some time early in 1611, William Shakespeare's play The Winter's Tale makes its debut onstage

1974 Marriage Law

The 1974 Marriage Law governs marriage of all Indonesian citizens regardless of religion.

Greek Orthodox Marriage

A Greek Orthodox explanation of "the words, images, and symbols of the sacrament of marriage."

Virginia changes course on gay marriage

The new attorney general for the state of Virginia declares ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

Inter-assured of the Mind

John Donne writes "A Valedictions: Forbidding Mourning" for his wife before leaving on a business trip.


The Ketubah is the Jewish marriage license which was written over 2000 yeas ago and still persists today.

I do (1979)

Marriage Ceremony from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer (1979)

A Tudor Marriage

Marriage Service from the 1549 Book of Common Prayer

Your Love Is Better Than Wine

The book Song of Songs from the Hebrew Bible was written by King Solomon in the late 6th century.

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