During the medieval era, the English court feasted with four courses. Between each course, a subtlety was presented to the guests. These subtleties, also called sotelties, were sculptural centerpieces made using sugar, marzipan, wax, or some other more orthodox material.  Subtleties were not always edible, as they might be composed of wax or plaster. Subtleties were elaborate sugar sculptures. They may have been constructed by molded or poured sugar, formed sugar around a base using sugar paste or carved from blocks of sugar. The theme for these subtleties offered entertainment and conversation between the four courses.