It was father day in my home country Holland so it feels very appropriate to write about Philips visit to his father in Austria :).
Philip the Handsome visited his father, Maximilian I aka “the white king”, in Innsbruck after his visit to his sister Margaret of Austria in Savoy.
The 8th of September he meets his father in Innsbruck, Austria. They were both on horses and they hugged each other while on the horses, because his father said he wouldn’t ask of his son to come of his horse. It is quite possible that the real reason was that he didn’t want to show his son that his health has been worse since he had fallen of a horse in 1501.
The reason for this rare father-son meeting was most likely that Philip wanted to know if his father still supported him after the fiasco of the failed Naples-negotiations in France. It must have been quite important to him if he was willing to travel more than 8 weeks to see him in person.
Maximilian I escorted his son to his Royal Court in Innsbruck.
In Innsbruck they were welcomed with festivities and even his stepmother Maria Bianca Sforza was there to welcome him. They probably had a banquet too. Because it was a wednesday it would be a fasting, but there will still ways to have a lavish meal while obeying to the rules of the Catholic church. No meat, dairy, or animal fats were to be consumed. So cooks had to be creative while working within these restrictions: almond milk sounds like a hipster thing, but it was widely used on fast days instead of cow’s milk and they even had cheese made out of almond milk.
Blogger Sara writes what type of menu they might enjoy on a day like that:
Almond puree with dumplings
Fresh fish, boiled
Cabbage with fried trout
Crayfish cooked in wine, then pureed and sprinkled with cloves
Figs cooked in wine with whole almonds
Rice pudding made with almond milk and decorated with whole almonds
Trout boiled in wine
Crayfish cooked in wine
Shortbread with grapes covered with dough, and sprinkled with icing sugar
Various kinds of pears, apples, and nuts
Sounds like quite a meal to me! Sara also mentions that Maximilian liked good wines but also fruits: apples ears, cherries, peaches and grapes. He also had his fruitier special-order southern fruit like melons, oranges, and figs. Those types of fruit would be very expensive though because they had to come from far away. Oranges came from China for example and figs came from Greece. But hey if you are the King of the Romans that is not going to stop you!
After visiting his father Philip FINALLY decided to go to his children in Flanders.
Gute Nacht meine Freunde, Hilde