When you think about today's dating and courtship rituals nothing could be more foreign the concept of a bride-show. This is where potential mates for a groom would be presented one by one to a groom for inspection and then a choice would be made without a word spoken. But that is precisely how many Russia tsars chose their mates between the 15th to 18th centuries.
The ritual has been researched by Russell Martin, he's a professor of history at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania for his new book “A Bride for the Tsar: Bride-Shows and Marriage Politics in Early Modern Russia.” He joins us now.
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