Being 'born and bred' in England, I grew up with a familiarity of Saint George's Day from early childhood. The subject of Saint George came up at school and would regularly be touched upon in British tv programmes and films. In addition, my dear Dad would remind me every 23rd April of the patron saint of England who, according to legend, slew the … [Read more...]
What’s For Dessert For A Medieval Queen?
Perhaps the greatest of medieval Queens was Eleanor of Aquitaine. As Queen of France then Queen of England, Eleanor had an extraordinary life. Mother of 10 children, including two kings (Richard and John), Eleanor was respected throughout Europe for her intellect and intuition. She had a good relationship with the Pope and in her younger days even … [Read more...]
Medieval Banquet Fun – Strawberries, Desserts & Gambling
The main focus of a medieval banquet in 13th century Europe was always the fabulous feast of food presented by the host for the enjoyment of their guests. Almost every kind of food available at the time would have found its way onto the medieval banquet table. Pottage (soup as we know it today) with white bread would have been an obvious starter … [Read more...]
Rhubarb: A Valuable Medieval Luxury
If you visit a medieval garden in England or France any time between Spring and Summer, you will see rhubarb amongst the plants being grown. Strictly speaking, rhubarb is not a true fruit but you will usually find it in or near the fruit section of the garden. My own fruit terrace at home has a rhubarb patch bordered by cherry and pear trees, … [Read more...]