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Since women were considered to be inferior during these times this could be considered to be a terrible thing.However, the process worked pretty well since men were persecuted that would abuse their wives.The chief difference between then and today, is that back then the woman possessed very little right in choosing her husband.The matrimony was arranged by families of the bride and the groom in order for the two sides to benefit from one another.
Comparable to these days wherein every woman would look forward to that day when they have to walk in the aisle, Elizabethan marriages was also one of the highlight of every woman's life.
Women were regarded as second class citizens and they were expected to tie the knot despite of their social standings. With parent's consent, a boy and a girl were allowed to marry at the age of 14 and 12 although it was not common for marriage to take place on such a young age.