[Bards] A mildly amusing thought on bowing courtesies.
wolfpaws at mac.com
Wed Jun 27 04:10:51 PDT 2007
That is an amusing comparison. One wonders if the military custom has
its lineage in the same customs that cause us to bow? The lady who
mentioned bowing in church is certainly describing another remnant
from the middle ages.
The frequency of saluting that you mention does kind of point up that
they probably had some conventions for "not bowing" in the Middle
Ages as well, for the people who were in service to the upper
echelons and who were continuously coming in and out of the presence
of a noble. Your words make me think of a lot of bobbing trays with
food on them, hounds snatching things off lowered trays, servants
having to kick hounds sideways while still bowing, etc.
I'm sure their is some book on the subject of Medieval courtesy
customs. (Doubtless it is in German. The Germans write about
EVERYTHING. :-) )
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