Ever wonder what it was like to be wedded to a noble knight in the days of medieval chivalry? Or, more interestingly, to a lowly peasant?
Merry Ever After tells both these stories – one of the marriage between the high and mighty, and the other of the simple love and marriage of two peasants. Contrasting the courtships, requirements, ceremonies, and lives between the two classes, Merry Ever After emphasizes the lavish richness of one and the simplistic jolliness of the other.
One thing that I really appreciated about Merry Ever After is that it offers a historically sensitive portrayal of arranged marriages. The vogue these days is for authors to write novels which are set in the Middle Ages, but which reflect the modern rather than the historic view of arranged marriages – i.e. the heroine is shocked and devastated by the suggestion that she be wed to a man whom she has not chosen. But the simple fact is that women were raised with the expectation of someday marrying a man who would further the family position/wealth/power. (I’m not suggesting that this barter and sell view of marriage is right, only that it was the norm in medieval society, and would not be viewed with shock by those being married off.)
Illustrations are on every page – some of these include female cleavage and tight (TIGHT) leggings on the males.
Conclusion. An interesting account which definitely highlights the differences between classes.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret