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!




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