What Was The Role Of A Princess In Medieval Times?


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The role of a princess in medieval times was not a glamorous one, as they were used to form alliances between countries. They were told who to marry by their parents, in order to form these alliances. The male would often have a kingdom of his own and the princess was expected to obey him and have impeccable manners at all times. The Medieval period ran from 1066, when the Normans conquered to the beginning of the reign of the Tudors in 1485. During this period women were expected to be respectful to all male members of their family, and failure to do so was seen as a crime against religion. Those women who did not obey the men were often beaten. Medieval princesses were expected to dress smartly and were often sent to the family of the person they were expected to marry at an early age to learn how to behave and dress correctly. This could happen when the princess was just 7 or 8 years old. Medieval princesses were effectively slaves to the men around them, and they were only in charge of governing servants. They were taught needlework, languages, hunting and entertaining. They could occasionally become queens in their own right, as in the case of Matilda and Elizabeth the First. The princess had to appear to be wealthy, as they were advertising the kingdom they were part of to other kingdoms and this role was to be achieved alongside her other duties, which included bearing children to her husband, to carry on the family name.
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The main responsibility was to attract a wealthy suitor who hopefully not only had wealth but a kingdom of his own. This way both kingdoms were strengthened.

The princess not only had to be beautiful and wear attractive gowns she was also taught how to speak correctly, how to greet people, and generally behave well in company. She was taught painting, sewing, singing and how to play musical instruments. She was taught how to dance and ride. She was also taught about food and plants. The princess was well educated in all respects with impeccable manners.

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The role of a Princess was usually as a marriageable commodity.
Princesses could be used as pawns in political games and married to anyone of the fathers choices in order to force alliances and make political gains.
They were frequently married by contract well before a marriageable age and often had no real knoweldge of the their future husband before the marriage. Not all marriages were unhappy nor were all girls forced into this role.
Some princesses became rulers in their own right such as Matilda and later Elizabeth the first and her sister Mary.

They were educated in social skills that befitted their role. Some had training in languages, embroidery, hunting, entertaining . They could play a role as representatives of their country and family.
They had little choice in their own destiny and once married would be expected to have a large number of children to strengthen their families dynasties. Some princesses chose to join the church to escape arranged marriages to men they didn't love.
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During medieval times the predicament of a princess was not very healthy and they just serve as an object with which a state can make good relationship with the neighbouring state. So they used to do nothing else but to be at home. If a king had a princess that was quite beautiful the princes of the neighbouring states were attracted by her and with the act of marriage a good relationship can be formed that can be a strategic partnership for the security of the state.

Sometimes the princesses were also given the reign of the country, but that was also there as a figure to show only and not to take the strategic decisions. And most of the times they perform the acts to lure princes. Sometimes they were also taught to get educated but hardly any of the states succeeded in doing so and it has taken very long time for the society to accept the equal state for woman.
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The role of a princess was to keep family genes running, sometimes she was sold off to gain profitable commitment and to gain alliances between people or kingdoms. They ate very well, such as meats, pheasants, cranes, salmon, beef, sweet pie, (etc.). They wore silk and cotton but some of the poorer princesses wore wool, silk, and cotton all together. The only person who could insult a princess was a jester or a minstrel, but only because they were considered mentally ill. If a peasant made fun of a princess the sentence may have been death. She was usually married to noble men or another kingdoms prince.
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Medieval society was in essence a male dominated one. Princesses, rather than were not considered as vital as princes. They were frequently married off strategically to Princes of specific other kingdoms so as to secure alliances as well as good relations. Remember that the first son was the one that would be known the Crown Prince. It was this son that automatically inherited the kingdom throne, provided, of course, that he was not killed or did not die prior to his father's death.

In general, the attitude during the country's Medieval era, was one wherein women were deemed inferior to men

Royal marriages held immense political importance. It was considered vital for the bride to appear rich and magnificent in order to advocate her country's prestige. It was important to have to make an impression on the bridegroom's country, dazzling them with her state's apparent wealth.
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The role of a princess is to serve for the good of humanity.  A princess has morals, purpose and cares about the world.  A good princess is an activist on behalf of children, women, families, entire nations and the good of the world.  A princess does not tolerate disrespect; she will let her prince know what time it is and set him straight when she needs to.
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The job of the princess was to take care of her country and to marry who the king says too.

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Yes, that is basically it. They were educated in the arts of the home, so that they could govern servants and keep supplies on hand. They were taught needlework. They were basically in training to be the Wife of a Noble or Royal Man.
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Princess's in medieval times were basically political or governmental pawns. They were expected to be adept in running a household, needlework or cloth embellishment. They were expected to marry whomever their parents told them to marry. These marriages formed alliances between countries. There was not a lot of fun or glamor in being a medieval princess.
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The role of a princess was to be married off so they could keep good alliances and relations with other kingdoms and people. They also wanted to keep the royal genes running and liked it if the princess was married to someone especially well known.
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To bring peace to Her land and Strength to Her husband. I believe She must have stood strong for Her people and Her husband. She must have been smart and wise, I'm Sure She would have given Her husband more then just children. We probably don't truely know the importance of what Her value would have been.
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They were going to be queen when they married a prince and he would become the king and rule his village.
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