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Food and feasting

Food played an integral role in showcasing the generosity and magnificence of a Tudor monarch and banquets and feasts were often lavish affairs.

Food played an integral role in showcasing the generosity and magnificence of a Tudor monarch and banquets and feasts were often lavish affairs, planned and executed with meticulous care. Roasted meats, elaborate pies and extravagant desserts were centrepieces, often entertainments in themselves.

In this film, Chief Curator Dr Tracy Borman speaks with Richard Fitch, Historic Kitchens Manager to illuminate the importance of Tudor hospitality at Hampton Court Palace, the logistics of catering for the court and the sources that can be used to learn about it.

Discussion:

  1. What surprises you most about Tudor food and drink?
  2. How would you have liked to eat at the Tudor court?
  3. How does your diet compare to that of the Tudors? How many dishes would you serve on a weekday meal compared to a celebratory meal?
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A History of Tudor Entertainment

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