So it comes as a surprise to most people to learn that interracial marriages werent unheard of in elizabethan times. Though they werent as common as they are today, shakespeares audiences probably wouldnt be too shocked or surprised by othello and desdemona. Centuries ago in elizabethan england there were many traditions about marriage and the treatment of women. One strong tradition of these times was the practice of marriage between races. In this era marriages were arranged by the parents with strong help from the local church. Marriage in elizabethan times appeared to be similar to marriages of today, in that some of the traditions have remained constant however, a closer look reveals many key differences. For example, it was considered foolish to marry for love, and strangely enough, those who were of lower classes were more likely to have a choice in who they married. Guy, 22, and peggy, 18, took on more than the double risk of a young and mixed marriage when they exchanged rings and vows. Love, family, and marriages in the elizabethan times introduction the elizabethan era is the epoch in the tudor period of the history of england during the reign of queen elizabeth i (1558-1603), often referred to as the golden age in english history which represented the apogee of the english renaissance and saw the flowering of poetry, music and. 7 ballot referendum, alabama becomes the last state to officially legalize interracial marriage. By november 2000, interracial marriage had been legal in every state for more than three decades, thanks to the u.