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Food and Feast in Tudor England [Hardcover]

Alison Sim
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25 Sep 1997
An overview of Tudor food and eating habits. Chapters cover food and society, table manners, feasting and banquets, Tudor ideas about healthy eating and kitchens and cooking.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd; First Edition edition (25 Sep 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750914769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750914765
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 934,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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4.0 out of 5 stars east to read, excellent illustrations 10 Jan 2001
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The book is easy to read and full of excellent illustrations. It not only covers feasting indulged in by the upper ranks of society, but also includes food from the point of view of the ordinary person. Several related subjects such as kitchen equipment and health and diet are also included. The book is academically researched and therefore useful to students, but at the same time written in a readable manner making it accessible to the non-academic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read about food and feasting in Tudor times! 14 Jun 2000
By Rebecca L. Latson - Published on
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As a serving wench in the King's Feast Hall at the Texas Renaissance Faire, I am asked all sorts of questions about the food, the utensils, the beverages, and anything having to do with food and feasting during King Henry VIII's time. "Food and Feast in Tudor England" is not only enjoyable to read (i.e. more than just a dry recitation of the facts), but highly informative as well. Each chapter covers a various aspect such as Food and Society in the 16th Century, Kitchens and Kitchen Equipment, Health and Diet, and Tableware to name a few. As with her other books, Alison Sim has written this book in an interesting, informative, easy-to-digest manner. In addition to knowledge for knowledge's sake, this book is a must-have for anyone involved in Tudor/Renaissance role-playing. When I answer the feast hall patrons' questions, I will be giving them facts and not something made-up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 4 July 2001
By Lesley West - Published on
This is a really fascinating book for anyone with a passing interest in either history or food! Yes, you foodies out there will find it to be a really good read.
The different chapters of the book deal with different aspects of the everyday life. And it is well written too - not just a dry historical text, but a rich detailing of what was available to eat and how it looked. Most people have seen grand feasts on TV or movies, such as whole roasted peacocks with their feathers put back, and yes, you can read of such extravaganzas right here!
It is a really interesting book - guaranteed to generate conversation if you leave it out the next time you have a dinner party. It is good fun too, and always interesting!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Recreationists 28 Feb 2014
By Kammy Chinnock - Published on
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This book has so much great information about what the kitchen in Tudor times was like, and how they approached food.
5.0 out of 5 stars Dining with Henry VIII 20 April 2013
By Frances S. Heales - Published on
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This book gives a detailed insight into the food eaten in Tudor England, Shakespeare and his players would have eaten this food. If you have visited Hampton Court Palace and seen the kitchens, you can now discover what they cooked here and why there was such a large number of people employed in preparing and cooking meals. Henry and his court were very fond of eating, we can see this from successsive portraits of the King, they also loved feasting and carousing. This book shows how they fuelled their energy. It also gives insight into the range of food stuffs that had become available to wealthy people.
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