58047Re: [Authentic_SCA] Hand kissing Re: medieval Court Etiquette
- Sep 7, 20092009/9/7 Ann Catelli wrote:
> At least in some cases, the inferior was kissing not the hand of theYet another twist... in the 15th c. Spanish chivalric novel Tirant lo Blanc,
> superior, but his ring of office.
the hero wants to kiss the princess's hand, but she refuses out of courtesy.
He gets her ladies to plead for him and finally the lady allows this... but
she doesn't let him kiss the "outside" of her hand, as that would be a sign
of lordship, but the "inside" of the hand instead, as that's a sign of
While a novel, this is very reallistic fiction. At one point Tirant, who's
tourneying in Great Britain, goes back to his parents' home in Gaul because
he needs more money before travelling to a challenge in Scorland. He often
wins battles by his wits, too, though of course he's an amazing fighter, too
;) Somebody should turn this into a film trilogy, as it's really a fun book.
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