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Wedding Reception

Wedding Reception

(p.164) Chapter Six Wedding Reception
A Feast for the Eyes
Christina Normore
University of Chicago Press

This chapter offers a case study of both how an individual feast might engage with the larger banqueting tradition and what effects such an event might have over the long term. After outlining the legal and social concerns surrounding marriage and the prominent role played by feasting in alleviating these by creating group consent to the marriage, the chapter considers the particular role constructed for Margaret of York as a bride and new ruler following her 1468 marriage to Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy. The evening’s entremet encouraged Margaret to see herself as part of a female lineage of engaged, virtuous role models. Margaret’s later acts and artistic patronage, as well as her funerary representations, are then examined to trace how she creativity engaged with both specific motifs and larger concepts from these entremets over the following decades.

Keywords:   marriage, wedding, gender, Margaret of York, charity, gift

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