This custom of “bed courting” came to the American Colonies with early Scots, Welsh, and other European immigrants.An 18 By the mid-1800s, pioneers pushing west on the North American continent were finding a serious shortage of available women in their frontier towns.
Status, property, and wealth were the deal makers or breakers.
Young people often didn’t meet their future spouses until after the marriage had already been arranged, and they were sometimes betrothed and married at very young ages.
He would need to impress the parents in order to be allowed to call again.
This era was similar to the Victorian era, where courtship depended on class.
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.
Courtship in the Middle Ages was often a matter of parents negotiating in order to increase the family’s power or wealth.
In order to court a young lady, a gentleman followed strict protocol.
He must first be formally introduced to a young woman and then would ask permission of her, or her parents, to “call” (visit) at a certain time. When he arrived, he would leave his calling card and they would have a chaperoned visit, perhaps drinking tea and chatting or playing cards in the parlor.
This seemingly strange practice allowed extra money to be made by renting out half a bed. Gabriel Edward Martin, Heath Ledger's character in The Patriot (2000 film) is bundled when he spends an overnight visit at the home of Anne Patricia Howard (Lisa Brenner), the girl that he is courting.