A King’s Feast

This is the feast made for King Richard, who visited with The Duke of Lancaster at the Bishop's palace of Durham at London, the 23 day of September, A.D. 1387. The vast quantity is a measure of the combined retinues of the king, the duke and the bishop’s households. It begins with a list of ingredients, and then lists three courses for a very, very long dinner.

First begynnyng for a-chatry [ provisions]

—from Two Fifteenth-Century Cookery-Books, ed. Thomas Austin

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