Of course, once together, couples were not allowed to separate - for most people, divorce was not possible. The medieval period, or Middle Ages, were a time from 476 to 1453, with a lot of give and take on the dates.
Prior to this invention, there were no true fireplaces, and the smoke of a fire went out through a hole in the roof or holes under the gables. Other developments included the importation of new ideas from other places.
People were sometimes betrothed and married at very young ages.
Among ordinary people, courtship was based on mutual attraction, very much as it is today.
This in between time was regarded as inferior in some ways, and it was thought that people living in it were ignorant, illiterate, and superstitious.
The term that came into use in the middle of the fifteenth century for the Middle Ages was media tempestas , or middle time, and this first appeared in a document of 1469.