Public viewings of intimate functions...
Posted by The Mysterious H.C. on September 07, 1998 at 08:48:18:
In response to Reviewing the Archives on PDA, written by Misty Ann Khan on September 06, 1998 at 18:40:11
The thing about witnessing the consummation of marriage must belong to the deep medieval period, if anything (certainly not Jane Austen's period!) -- I know that in the 16th century it was common for the bridal party to stand outside the bedchamber and loudly make lewd comments to encourage the couple (quite a delicate and sensitive custom, to be sure ), but as far as I can remember they stayed outside the bedchamber...
The requirement that the Bishop etc. be present at the Queen's childbirth was intended to prevent the substitution of a non-royal infant in a warming-pan, or some such thing, and was kept up until the birth of Queen Victoria's first child in 1840, but I imagine the dignitaries were in general only too glad not to be too close up (they weren't in the same room in 1840).
- Viewing the Birth Misty Ann Khan 09:13:05 9/07/98 (23)
- Celibates Lesley 00:21:18 9/08/98 (13)
- Honey moon P. Bingham 13:37:50 9/10/98 (9)
- Mead Lesley 01:31:13 9/11/98 (1)
- She liked Mead Caroline 08:51:17 9/11/98 (0)
- LOL! Caroline 14:07:43 9/10/98 (6)
- The finest example of this, ever....... Caroline 14:14:03 9/10/98 (5)
- Gee, can't think of any modern day examples can you? Misty Ann Khan 14:02:37 9/09/98 (0)
- Borgias Constanza 10:02:37 9/08/98 (1)
- So that's where Prince Macchiavelli Came From! - Thanks! NFM Misty Ann Khan 14:04:29 9/09/98 (0)
- Warming pan babies-just pretenders Caroline 09:29:58 9/07/98 (8)
- Feeling a Bit Foolish Misty Ann Khan 14:53:32 9/07/98 (7)
- Henrys, wives and stuff Caroline 18:12:13 9/07/98 (3)
- We're all learning here SuzanneR 15:44:45 9/07/98 (1)
- Thanks, Suzanne, I feel better now! Misty Ann Khan 16:23:13 9/07/98 (0)
- Don't feel too bad... (Warming-pan baby) The Mysterious H.C. 15:28:57 9/07/98 (0)
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