From buying a woman dinner to opening a door for her, many of today's courting rituals are rooted in medieval chivalry.During medieval times, the importance of love in a relationship emerged as a reaction to arranged marriages but was still not considered a prerequisite in matrimonial decisions.Smitten couples rarely saw each other without the presence of a chaperone, and marriage proposals were frequently written.Growing up in the UK, the dating scene was not an ordeal.Gardens were filled with goats and chickens running around bundles of chopped firewood.
The traditions and wedding styles largely depends on which area of Turkey the couple originates.
I was 25 years old, single, very naïve and had not considered researching cultural differences that I was likely to encounter.
The first signs of a difference in courting rituals between my home country of the UK and Turkey were evident on my first holiday.
What was courtship and marriage like for our distant ancestors?
Beginning with the ancient Greeks' recognition of the need to describe more than one kind of love, inventing the word In ancient times, many of the first marriages were by capture, not choice — when there was a scarcity of nubile women, men raided other villages for wives.