English translation: to get married (of women in Germany) "taking the bonnet"
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German term or phrase:
Unter die Haube kommen
to get married (of women in Germany) "taking the bonnet"
German to English translations [PRO] History / Renaissance fashion
German term or phrase:Unter die Haube kommen
I know what this means (to get married) - the problem is what to do with the sentence? If there's no equivalent in English, I'm going to have to leave it out entirely. Does anyone know if we say anything similar/have any words relating to Renaissance headwear and marriage that I could substitute here?
"Die Haube ist ein eindeutiges Kennzeichen der verheirateten Frau, deren Haare bedeckt sein müssen – offene Haare sind den Jungfrauen vorbehalten. Mit dem ***„Unter die Haube kommen“*** prägt die Renaissance einen weiteren Ausdruck, den auch Ihre Zeitgenossen [us] kennen. "
Thanks for the suggestions so far! I was hoping I wouldn't have to do much explaining, as this type of text (a script to be read aloud) moves quite fast and doesn't allow for footnotes! I'll see what I can come up with!
Who knows: http://www.handfasting.info/faqintro.html
14:25 Jul 20, 2005
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coming under the bonnet
Explanation: I would translate it literally and rewrite the text to include the appropriate explanation.
Apart from the 1920s and up until the middle of the last century, no self-respecting woman would be seen in town without a hat. Furthermore, expressions that are now gradually going out of fashion – such as the German phrase for tying the knot (unter die Haube kommen), which literally means "coming under the bonnet" – indicate the strategy of domestication to which women were subjected upon marriage.