Suggested reading: “Tudor dining: a guide to food and status in the 16th century”

lordcobhamandfamily

LORD COBHAM AND HIS FAMILY DINING C. 1567

A interesting little article about eating habits in the 16th century England, that might interest – it covers dining, social structures around food, cutlery used, popular food, and off course the social rules around dining:
In Tudor England, maintaining the difference between ranks was so important to the concept of a well-ordered society that efforts were made to enshrine the distinctions between the classes in ‘sumptuary’ laws. These laws tried to control what you ate and wore, according to your position in the God-given hierarchy, which stretched from the king at the top, down through the numerous grades of nobility and clergy, to the gentry, yeomen and finally the labourers at the bottom of the heap.

To read this charming tidbit, click on this link: http://www.historyextra.com/feature/tudors/tudor-dining-guide-food-and-status-16th-century

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