• Christmas Food & Drink - Medieval Christmas

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    Christmas Food - Medieval Feasts
    Histoire d'Olivier de Castille et d'Artus d'Algèbre, French trans. by David Aubert before 1467, for Jean de Croy. BnF MS Français 12574 fol. 181v
    In European history, the Middle Ages, or Medieval period, lasted from the 5C to the 15C. It began with the collapse of the Western Roman Empire & merged into the Renaissance & the Age of Discovery.
    What people ate for Christmas in Medieval times depended greatly upon who they were - peasants, merchants, nuns, lords, kings - & where they lived - England, France, Germany, Spain.
    The Talbot Shrewsbury Book , c...
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  • Christmas Food & Drink- A Tudor Christmas

    Christmas Food & Drink- A Tudor Christmas

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    Paragraphs enclosed in quotations are from Tudor Christmas from the History Learning Site
    "A Tudor Christmas was starting to resemble something we in the 21C might recognize, even if there were some parts to a Christmas we would not!
    "The first record of a turkey being brought to Europe was in 1519. It was to be many years before this bird had reason to fear the Festive season. For the rich, the traditional meat on Christmas Day remained swan, goose etc as in a Medieval Christmas feast.
    Woodcut by Michael Wolgemut Nuremburg, 1491.
    "In fact, in 1588, Elizabeth I ordered that everybody...
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  • Christmas Food & Drink- Englishman Thomas Tusser (1520-1580) on Elizabethan Christmas Food

    Christmas Food & Drink- Englishman Thomas Tusser (1520-1580) on Elizabethan Christmas Food

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    At Christmas play and make cheer
    For Christmas comes but once a year
    Good bread and good drink, a good fire in the hall
    Brawn, pudding and souse, and good mustard withall:
    Beef, mutton and pork, shred pies of the best:
    Pig, veal, goose and capon and turkey well drest:
    Cheese, apples and nuts, jolly carols to hear,
    As then in the country is counted good cheer.
    Thomas Tusser
    A 1614 Edition of Tusser's 1573 enlarged version.
    Thomas Tusser was an East Anglian writer on agriculture, whose metrical Five Hundrethe Pointes of Good Husbandrie (1573), an enlarged version of his A Hundreth Good...
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