Gastronomical Services to the Conclave.
According to the bulla of Pope Alexznder III in 1179 'Licet ad vitandam' , as well as the constitution of Gregory X 'Ubi periculum' from 1274, the
election of a Pope is conducted by the cardinals, who must remain in total isolation
until the point when a new Pope is chosen. This unfortunately has lead to (as does lead to) various gastronomical problems. The cardinals,
usualy of old age, each have their own habits and recommendations for health.
All baskets and dishes needed to be carefully covered to ensure that nothing was added along the way, for example
poisons. As the area of the palace that was allocated for the conference was reached, there was a special
panel of bishops, whose job was to control that no information could get through to the cardinals.
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