Mothers fell in love with their sons when their husbands proved unfaithful, Zen believed.
Michael Dibdin – Dead Lagoon
The bond between Italian men and their mothers is traditionally a strong one, so much so that it has even spawned a word to describe the excessive attachment that often results. Why that should be the case I don’t know, but earlier this year it even prompted a Cardinal to proclaim the phenomenon as one of the biggest risks to marriage in Italy.
Mothers in law have traditionally had a bad reputation in the UK but usually the bride’s mother, with comics like Les Dawson making them the target for their humour. In Italy the situation is reversed with a significant number of marriage breakdowns being attributed to an interfering mamma who irons better and makes a ragu to die for!
- Italian ‘mummy’s boys’ told by Church that ‘mamma’ one of the biggest risks to marriage (telegraph.co.uk)