HOLIDAYS & FEAST DAYS
under construction, sorry. I've been really busy!
Dancing was a passtime enjoyed
by women of all walk of life, from the humble farm girl who just
swayed and skipped, to the formal. learned dances of the ladies
of the court.
Dancing was acceptible for women from every walk of life. Peasant
women danced, townswomen danced and it was also expected that
noble women would dance.
Dancing was a normal part of feast days and festivities, although
the church often frowned on dancing as undignified and taking
away the solemnity of Christian observations.
The Goodman of Paris, a nobleman, speaks to his young wife about
her girlish passtimes which he feels are entirely suitable for
her position in society. He says:
Know that I take delight
rather than displeasure in your cultivating rose bushes, caring
for violets and making chaplets, and also in your dancing and
singing; I wish you to continue to do so among our friends and
peers, for it is only right and just that you should thus pass
the days of your maidenly youth. Nevertheless, I do not want
you to attempt to attend banquets or dances of very great lords,
for that is not at all proper or becoming for your social status