Posted by Lesley on September 08, 1998 at 00:21:18:
In response to Viewing the Birth, written by Misty Ann Khan on September 07, 1998 at 09:13:05
] I think you are correct about the medieval time period. I only saw a portion of the program and it seems like one of the fathers being discussed was a religious figure which confused me becaue I thought those guys were all supposed to be celibate so how would he have a daughter?
Misty, I can't really give you many titles about the medieval church period but just from my general knowledge I can tell the following. First of all, this vow of celibacy was mostly lip service and the priest's and other officials sired plenty of children. The thing to remember is that the Church was a political body as well as a religious body and we all know that politics attracts all kinds of unscrupulous, immoral people. ;-) I am thinking in particular of the Borgias- you made want to read some on them. Papa, who was Alexander the something, used his daughter, Lucretia, as a political pawn, dissolving her marriages at will to make other more strategic alliances. Her brother Cesar was also embroiled in political intrigue. I think he was assasinated.
The only thing I can remember about medieval marriage customs relates to the Honeymoon, wheich came from honey mead, a kind of fermented drink that the newleyweds would take in order to get over the nervousness of the wedding night.
- 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)
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