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The Feast

71 EpisodesProduced by The Feast Website

The Feast presents delectable stories from the dining tables of history. Our stories immerse you in the sights, sounds, & tastes of a meal from the past. Make bread with medieval monks; share a martini with Churchill. Find out what wars were won & which kingdoms were lost, all for the sake of a good… read more


Episode 4: How Do You Solve a Problem like Christina? Papal Banquets in 1655

Queen Christina & Pope Clement IX; Drawing by P.P. Sevin

Deposed queens, papal politics, sugar sculptures, & Bernini- a combination that could only happen at a Baroque feast! Join us this week as we explore the politics of feasting in the 1650s when Pope Alexander VII did the unthinkable & invited a woman to dinner! Learn about sugar sculptures that cost more than a car & how the design of an armchair had the potential to make or break Bernini's career. After all, no one throws a feast like the Romans! 

Written & Produced by Laura Carlson

For more information on Queen Christina, Baroque feasting, and the episode soundtrack, please see here.

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