It’s the moment that many people dream about their whole lives—that moment that their soul mate will drop to one knee to propose marriage. But how did the tradition of proposing on bended knee come to be?
Though the origin is still unknown, kneeling in front of a woman during a marriage proposal became customary during the time of chivalry and knighthood. At the time, bowing was an established tradition for a knight in order to show obedience to his master or mistress. Similar to bowing to royalty or to a victorious enemy, kneeling during a marriage proposal would elevate the woman to a superior position as the man revealed his humility.
The implication behind this gesture continues today as the kneeler offers themselves completely to their partner, providing the intended with the opportunity to determine the ultimate fate of their relationship by saying “yes!” (more…)