Formal dinners in England during the Tudor era (1485-1603) were called feasts. They were magnificent, and everything was done carefully in order to show one's wealth and place in society. ①Whatever happened at the feasts reflected social class, even the order in which people walked into the room. ②There was a top table and the highest ranking guest would sit on the right of the king or the queen. ③Gold and silver dishes were also laid out to emphasize how rich the family was. ④The way feasts were held during the Tudor era has been richly presented in various films. The guests were not allowed to start eating before the ruler and had to stop eating once he or she had finished. When you could and couldn't eat followed strict and complicated rules, like all aspects of the feast.