The bride-to-be would wear the ring on her right hand until the wedding, when it moved to her left.
A betrothal was binding but, unlike a wedding, it could be broken without terrible fuss for one of several reasons–including disfigurement of either party, infidelity of either party, or either the man or woman committing treason or heresy.
—————————— Jennifer Mc Gowan’s Maid of Secrets debuts May 7, 2013, from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
She is currently at work on book 2 in the series, Maid of Deception.
Elizabethan society was patriarchal, meaning that men were considered to be the leaders and women their inferiors.