British women, we would rather cut our noses off than marry for any other reason than love.
Once England was a matriarch society of equals. Then the church came, they helped the Lords of the Manor.
Over the centuries they turned the Lord of the Manor to The Lord my God.
Note this British Library article is public access for everyone apart from in the UK. Not sure why that is.
However, this article tells you about Anchors. These were women, rarely men, who were walled up alive within the church.