The History of the Bridal Veil: A Guest Post by Lucy Hayes

(Veil by Lucy Hayes)

The night before Jane’s wedding to Mr Rochester in Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Jane Eyre’, Jane’s wedding veil iory s ‘rent in two parts’ and flung on the floor and trampled on by the insane Bertha. Jane states, “….there, on the carpet I saw the veil, torn from top to bottom in two halves”. The passage goes on to read: ‘I felt Mr Rochester start and shudder; he hastily flung his arms round me. “Thank God!” he exclaimed, “that if anything malignant did come near you last night, it was only the veil that was harmed”. Thus we are introduced to the concept of evil intent and the protective association of the wedding veil.