Living and Dining in Medieval Paris: The Household of a Fourteenth-Century Knight

Living and Dining in Medieval Paris: The Household of a Fourteenth-Century Knight

by Nicole Crossley-Holland
     
 

At the centre of this account lies the Menagier de Paris, a medieval manuscript covering all aspects of food preparation and household skills, written by a well-to-do knight for his fifteenyear-old wife. Through her meticulous study of the manuscript, Nicole Crossley-Holland paints a vivid picture of life in the knight's household: his city residence with its walled…  See more details below

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At the centre of this account lies the Menagier de Paris, a medieval manuscript covering all aspects of food preparation and household skills, written by a well-to-do knight for his fifteenyear-old wife. Through her meticulous study of the manuscript, Nicole Crossley-Holland paints a vivid picture of life in the knight's household: his city residence with its walled vegetable and herb garden; his home farm which provided meat and diary produce; the country estate where he trained sparrrowhawks and hunted wild boar. The author gives a comprehensive description of medieval food economy: cultivation, animal-rearing, transportation, and the role of the street traders of Paris. Methods of food preservation, cooking techniques, recipes and presentation are thoroughly explored. Menus, ranging from the simple and everyday to elaborate wedding feasts, are described in detail. The author of the Menagier has remained anonymous for over six hundred years. Now, in a remarkable piece of scholarly detective work, Nicole Crossley-Holland reveals his identity...

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ISBN-13:
9780708313688
Publisher:
University of Wales Press
Publication date:
07/01/1997
Pages:
244

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