Session 1622: Fit for a King: Feasting on Royal Occasions
Thursday 7 July 2016, 11.15-12.45
|Paul Webster, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
|Subtle Messaging: The Coronation of Henry VI
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Social History
|The Wedding-Feast: Philip the Good and Isabella of Portugal's Wedding Celebration and the Pinnacle of the Festivities
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Performance Arts - General
|'Greater than any Caesar had known': Sumptuous Banquets and High Status Manhood at the Court of Henry VIII
Index terms: Gender Studies, Heraldry
Another aspect of this paper is to highlight the men of the court, who performed key roles in court entertainment that included: jousts, masques, pageants, and banquets. My analysis of these men will determine their place on the social hierarchy of manhood at Henry's court that was shown through where they ate, whom they ate with, and whom they served, as dining became a manifestation of rank and favour.
One final aspect that this paper explores is the relationship between Henry's appetite for food and the effects on the male body. It was particularly important for Henry as a jouster to present a body that was suited to the physical demands of the tiltyard. Thus Henry's expanding girth in later life signalled a loss of manhood, spurred on by his inability to exercise self-restraint, when it came to his love of rich food.