Wedding Rings in Period
ecs at io.com
Tue Oct 29 01:55:50 PST 1996
Gunnora found the following interesting tidbit on wedding rings from
a book. I own a paper back copy of that book. I was most interested in
what it had to say about betrothal and wedding rings. 'Rings for the
Finger" is a great book. I
would be happy to bring it out to fighter practice for any one that
wishes to peruse it. Just call me and ask me to bring it. (Sorry, I
will not loan it out, but photocopying arrangements can be made)
Call me at 280-3591
See you in the park,
> Date: Mon, 21 Oct 1996 00:44:22 -0500
> To: ansteorra at eden.com
> From: gunnora at bga.com (Gunnora Hallakarva)
> Subject: Wedding Rings in Period
> Reply-to: ansteorra at eden.com
> Here's another interesting tidbit I gathered from the Historical Costuming
> news list.
> Date: Sun, 20 Oct 1996 15:31:49 -0700
> From: Trudy <bambi at RESORT.COM>
> Subject: wedding rings
> i happened to find a book yesterday which discuessed (only a little) wedding
> rings and on which finger they were worn...i just wrote down some notes, so i'm
> only paraphrsing here:
> during the period of george I in england, the wedding ring was usually
> worn on the thumb (although it was placed on the fourth -- i guess what
> we consider the ring -- finger during the ceremony). apparently very large
> wedding rings were fashionable which necessitated waering them on the
> in france from the 11th to the 15th centuries, they wre usually on the right
> hand, middle finger; s in some areas they were on the fourth finger.
> the guals and the britons of the 1st century wore the ring on the middle
> finger (didn't say which hand).
> the order of matrimony in england, pre-freformation said that men
> should wear their wedding ring on their right hand, women on the left.
> chirlandajo's frescoes in the curch of santa croce in florence show
> the betrothal of the ivrgin (make that virgin...no backspace c key here)
> mary -- the ring is placed by joseph on mary's fourth vinger, right hand.
> during the betrothal of lucrezia borgia with giv ARGH make that giovanni
> sforza on feb. 2, 1493, the wedding (engagement) ring was placed on her
> fourth finger, left hand.
> and finally, an idea that might explain the custom of wearing the wedding
> ring on the thumb -- the second digit of the thumb was dedicated to
> the virgin mary.
> this is all from "rings for the finger", by george frederick kunz,
> dover press, 1917 (repreinted i believe late 1940s). i found thi s book
> used at Green Apple Books on Clement St. in San Francisco (i didn't buy
> it so it's still there ) if any bay area people are interested.
> -Kendra Van Cleave
> Gunnora Hallakarva
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