When banquets were dangerous for the soul

When banquets were dangerous for the soul

In the Middle Ages, wedding banquets were extremely common and popular rituals. Eating and drinking together were the basic public expression of marriage: the most widely accepted, the most genuinely shared. There are many reasons that lie behind this success, but if we should summarise them in one word, we could pick “versatility”: people could celebrate, witness and legitimise a marriage comfortably seated at table, in a society where publicity played a fundamental role for the ratification of such agreements. In spite of this, we can find many testimonies that wedding banquets had something…wrong.

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