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This is Why Men Traditionally Get Down on One Knee to Propose

It is a bit weird, when you think about it.

Why men get down on one knee to proposeFor many people, proposals are supposed to be the kind of romantic whirlwind you've only ever previously experienced while reading fairytales. The love of your life gets down on one knee, triggering you to plummet into some kind of alternate universe where you're surrounded by rose petals, dimly-lit candles, heart-shaped balloons and general happy, warm feelings.

But if you think about it, it's actually kind of odd; the getting down on one knee bit. We get that it's tradition and stuff - but if you really think about it, what on earth has someone got to gain by hobbling down onto one knee? Aside from the fact it puts them at roughly the right height to literally reach for your hand in marriage, obviously.

Website Engagement Ring Bible looked into where the tradition came from, and explains that it "dates back to the days of knighthood, chivalry and formal courtship (i.e. medieval times and beyond)." So here is why men traditionally get down on one knee to propose to women.

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"Knights would get down on one knee in front of their lord as a display of respect, obedience, and loyalty. It was also a common occurrence in religious ceremonies, and in those days marriage and religion were intrinsically linked.

"So when a courteous gentlemen was proposing to his lady, pledging his allegiance to her and declaring his undying love for her, getting down on one knee was the natural thing to do."So there you have it: if your partner goes to the lengths of getting down on one knee to ask for your hand in marriage, what they're really trying to say is that they plan to be loyal, respectful, and do to what you say for the rest of time (that's the obedience bit).