The 1475 Landshut wedding:
In 1475 Duke Georg the Rich of Bavaria-Landshut married the king of Poland’s daughter in a fabulously expensive celebrity wedding. The guest list was a who’s who of German royalty and the cost of
the week-long festivities was said to amount to the total annual income of the state. This wedding is so famous that it is still regularly re-enacted today.
Every fourth year the town of Landshut in Bavaria stages a pageant called the Landshuter Hochzeit 1475 (the 1475 Landshut Wedding). For the most recent staging in 2017 more than two thousand participants in medieval costume re-enacted a series of events from the real wedding. They include the entry of Princess Hedwig into the town after her two-month journey from Krakow (commemorated in this colourful postcard) with a long train of wagons carrying her dowry. Ten thousand guests caroused at the wedding in 1475; modern visitors can enjoy a medieval get-together with magicians, fire-eaters, jugglers, flag-bearers, music and dancing. There is even a medieval tavern! Beer is very important in Bavaria and Duke Georg the Rich left a lasting legacy when he formulated his famous edict on the purity of Bavarian beer, which is still adhered to today. He said that no other ingredients may be used, apart from malt, hops, yeast and water!
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