Snippets #38

The Strange History of Buckingham Palace-Patricia Wright

George Goring made his name as a fool. In the Court of James I extravagant slapstick became a sure way to fortune, and Goring’s fame was established when he marshalled into a banquet ‘four large brawny pigs, piping hot, bitted and harnessed with ropes of sausages, all tied to a monstrous bag of pudding’. Thereafter, if a master of festivities was required, King James sent for Goring. He could make people drunk on their own animal spirits, and if his humor was of the crudest kind, so was the king’s, who particularly enjoyed the kind of debauches where everyone ended up by vomiting over each other’s boots and the ladies sang nude in a fishpond filled with wine. (92)