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Food and Feast in Medieval England (Food & Feasts)


Food and Feast in Medieval England (Food & Feasts)

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    P W Hammond(Author)
In this unique and fascinating book Peter Hammond examines the extraordinary range of food which found its way onto the tables of medieval English society, its production and distribution. Although bread, ale, meat and fish were staples, fish often came from as far away as Iceland, and as early as 1480 over 100,000 oranges were being imported to augment the English diet. Every aspect of medieval food is described here from hunting, fish-breeding, brewing and baking to hygiene, storage and the way in which the food supply of a large household was organised. The nutritional value of the food is evaluated in order to consider how well fed the people were, and there are details of the elaborate regulations that existed on the serving of food in great households. The book concludes with an examination of medieval feasts, such as that held at York on 26 December 1251, which took six months to prepare and saw the consumption of no fewer than than 68,500 loaves of bread, 170 boars and 25,000 gallons of wine. Firmly based on archaeological and documentary evidence, this book provides a fascinating introduction to a vital but often neglected topic of medieval life.

Peter Hammond is the author/co-editor of many books on medieval history, including The Coronation of Richard III and The Battles of Barnet and Tewkesbury. He is also the editor of The Complete Peerage Vol. XIV.

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  • PDF | 232 pages
  • P W Hammond(Author)
  • The History Press; New Ed edition (24 Mar. 2005)
  • English
  • 9
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy
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  • By CFD on 29 December 2012

    As an author and medieval historian I’m constantly on the hunt for information both for my own enlightenment and for background research for the novels I write. Too many books are lavishly illustrated or wide in scope, but fall short of the detail I need. Others contain the detail but lack the clarity of narration to make it digestible. Food and Feast succeeds where many others fail. Its content is meaty but wholly accessible, which more than makes up for the use of black and white photographs used to illustrate the content.If you want a richly illustrated overview of the subject this book is not for you. If you are looking for a particularly well-written and intelligent resource you would be hard-pressed to find another book to equal this one.This is the first book written by Peter Hammond I have read. I will be reading more.

  • By Clifton on 9 August 2014

    Very enjoyable and informative. Good background and some recipes. I was surprised at the range of food available for all classes, and at the similarities across the classes as well as differences. For the merely interested reader the book is well written and enjoyable, for the more 'serious' reader there are informative references/notes and a very good bibliography.

  • By Helen Stamp on 19 November 2011

    Useful information but I'd like recipes too. Without them the book is a bit dry. Food and Feast after all is its title...

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