Feast: A History of Grand Eating

Feast: A History of Grand Eating

by Roy Strong


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Feast: A History of Grand Eating by Roy Strong

A unique and fascinating history of grand eating by one of the UK’s best-known communicators.

Sharing a meal, in particular a grand one, has always been a complex social mechanism for uniting and dividing people. Such an event could signal peace, a marriage, a victory, an alliance, a coming-of-age, a coronation or a funeral. The feast was a vehicle for display and ostentation, for the parade of rank and hierarchy, for flattering and influencing people as well as providing a theatre in which to exercise the art of conversation and the display of manners.

In an age that has virtually abolished the shared meal as a central feature of daily living, Feast presents a revelatory picture of a world we have lost. Beautifully illustrated, it traces fashions in food and the etiquette of eating — from the elegance of the Roman villa to the austerity of the monastic refectory, from the splendours of the Renaissance banquet to the rigours of the Victorian dinner party.

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ISBN-13: 9780712667593
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 10/23/2003
Pages: 368

About the Author

Sir Roy Strong was Director of the National Portrait Gallery from 1967 to 1973 and Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum from 1974 to 1987 when he resigned to become a full-time writer, broadcaster and consultant. His previous books include The Story of Britain, The Cult of Elizabeth and The Spirit of Britain.

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