Friday, December 11, 2020

15th cen. Boar's Head, Medieval manuscripts digitalized and Medieval foodways virtual talks

The Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) digitalized all 160,000 pages from Medieval works held by member libraries. HERE
Below are a several Medieval and Renaissance virtual talks, many are taped.

But first, a fifteenth century Carol about the boar's head at a Christmas feast.


The following carol described the festive meal, beginning with the entrance of the Boar’s Head encircled with garlands for the “first mess.” The second course had many birds, venison, furmity, wines, ale and sweets.

Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!
The boar's head is armed gay.

The boar's head in hand I bring,
With garlands gay encircling,
I pray you all with me to sing,
With Hey!

Lords, knights, and squires,
Parsons, priests, and vicars,
The boar's head is the first mess,
With Hey!

The boar's head, as I now say,
Takes its leave and goes away,
Goeth after the Twelth day,
With Hey!

Then comes in the second course with great pride,
The cranes, the herons, the bitterns, by their side,
The partridges, the plovers, the woodcocks, and the snipe,
Larks in hot show, for the ladies to pick,
Good drink also, luscious and fine,
Blood of Allemaine, romnay, and wine,
With Hey!

Good brewed ale and wine, I dare well say,
The boar's head with mustard armed so gay,
Furmity for pottage, and venison fine,
And the humbles of the doe and all that ever comes in.
Capons well baked, with knuckles of the roe,
Raisins and currants, and other spices too,
With Hey!

"In spite of the invitations contained in these Carols to partake of the first mess," the Boar's Head, we anticipate, was little else but a show dish; for, in all of the allusions to it, mention is only made of one head being served at each feast, though, even were the number greater, it could hardly have been sufficient to have yielded a mouthful a-piece to the numerous guests who were generally present at these entertainments." [1851]

"The second course was the substantial one, and yet it lacked much of what is now looked upon as essential to the Christmas dinner. There were great Christmas pies served up, which, as a compound of all edible substances, deserve some notice. These pies contained turkeys and geese, various kinds of game with small birds, and a liberal admixture of pork and mutton. Such pies are still made in the north, and of a considerable size also, yet nothing in comparison with those of the olden times, some of which weighed above an hundred weight..." [1858]

Calendar of virtual food history talks HERE

Upcoming talks - through May

Pig History and Big History. Jamie Kreiner author of Legions of Pigs in the Early Medieval West. Institute of Historical Research Dec 2 2020 HERE TAPE HERE

Taste the Solway: Historical Recipes. Talk and demonstrate some Roman to Medieval dishes in UK. Caroline Nicolay from Pario Gallico. Solway Coast AONB Dec 17 2020 HERE; TAPES HERE

Love, Lust, and Libido: Aphrodisiacs in Medieval Europe. “period cookbooks, artworks, and courtly feasting cultures of northern Europe to discover ingredients, recipes, and customs.” Ken Albala; Larisa Grollemond, manuscript curator. The J. Paul Getty Museum Feb 14 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

Unlocking the Medieval Medicine Cabinet. The AncientBiotics project consortium “datamine historical medical texts to uncover patterns of natural product usage, and to identify, reconstruct and test remedies…” Dr Freya Harrison. British Society for the History of Pharmacy Feb 22 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

CoReMa Symposium. Consuming the Foreign in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. May 2021 TAPE HERE

CoReMA Cooking Recipes of the Middle Ages. German, French, Latin recipes scanned, annotated and analysed. HERE

Sephardic Culinary History: Mexican Crypto-Jewish Pesah Recipe . Episode 8 of 12 Dr. Hélène Jawhara Piñer author of Sephardi: Cooking the History. Recipes of the Jews of Spain and the Diaspora, from the 13th Century Onwards. Center for Jewish History, and American Sephardi Federation Mar 28 2021 HERE TAPE HERE

Mar 29 2021 Crazy Collections: Healing, Ordering, and Representing the Body in Medieval. By recipes for cures and medieval tendencies to collect, accumulate, compile, and order recipes. Hannah Bower. Lisa Gold HERE

Ap 12 2021 Interpreting Food Before ‘Farm to Table’. The four year project Before “Farm to Table”: Early Modern Foodways and Culture. Dr. Amanda Herbert (Folger Library). Digital Materialities Webinar series #6. Material Culture @LarcaParis HERE


April 13 2021 Excavations within the Great Kitchen of Westminster Abbey. “PCA undertook a complex excavation within the former… school lies immediately south of Westminster Abbey within the monastic precinct, and the site largely lay within the monastic Great Kitchen built during the 1070s to serve Edward The Confessor’s Abbey and used until its demolition shortly after the Dissolution. Extensive evidence for the arrangement and use of the kitchen was found, and the later reuse of the site for dwellings." London & Middlesex Archaeological Society LAMAS £2.50 HERE will be on eventbrite

May 8 Sat 12-1:30 Medieval Catalan live cooking class. Hannah of Devour Tours in Barcelona Spain. Meadows Museum $10-25 HERE

May 12 2021 Early Medieval Remedies for Treating Cough and Lung Disease. “herbal remedies in early medieval England; Old English texts and their medicinal plants.” Dr Anne Van Arsdall, Val Thomas, Dr Frances Watkins. Herbal History Research Network. £15 HERE

May 18 2021 Classical Traditions in Medieval Handbooks on Female Healthcare. Dr Elaine Pereira Farrell. CAI Dublin. Classical Association of Ireland HERE

May 20 2021 AMLawyers, merchants and peasants: town and country interaction in early modern Ireland. Royal Irish Academy HERE

Past talks with tapes

CoReMA Cooking Recipes of the Middle Ages. German, French, Latin recipes scanned, transcribed, annotated and analysed. HERE

Medieval Life Spotlight: Cooking. Clove cookies Dr. Marissa Nicosia, Recipe Dec 8 2020 HERE ; trade in spices from Malacca, Malaysia to China & Middle Age Europe, Ange Branca; Medieval manuscripts, bread, Dot Porter. Medieval Life Exhibit: HERE. Free Library of Phila. Info (part of series) HERE; TAPE may be HERE

‘The harte and stomack…of England’: Falstaff’s Ambiguous Stomach. Chloe Fairbanks. Food History Seminar - Institute of Historical Research. UK Dec 3 2020 HERE; TAPES may be HERE

Forbidden Knowledge: Medicine, Science, and Censorship in Early Modern Italy. By author Hannah Marcus. 16th -17th cen. The Grolier Club Dec 3 2020 Past TAPES HERE 1 1/2 hr

Forbidden Knowledge: Medicine, Science, and Censorship in Early Modern Italy. Author Hannah Marcus. Rare Book School. Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography. NV 18 2020 HERE TAPE HERE

Plants in the medieval period: importance, survival and myth. “wealthy landowner, but also as a commoner. How plants would have been vital to their survival.” John Handley. Abbey Cwmhir Heritage Trust. Donation. Mar 22 2022 HERE TAPE HERE well done

Heroes, Hunters, and Hunchbacks: Tableware and Its Meaning in Medieval Byzantium. Lara Frentrop. Institute of Historical Research. U London UK Nov 24 2020 HERE TAPE may be HERE

Friars' tuck. Medieval monks' diets. Jane Abramson of Kirkstall Abbey. Leeds Civic Trust UK Se 10 2020 HERE TAPE HERE

Why history? Bees in the medieval world. Dr. Alexandra Sapoznik. British Academy Oct 28 2021 TAPE HERE

Bread and gender in early medieval England: "Did ladies originally make their own bread?" // "Women, Bread, and the Supernatural." Food History Seminar. Institute of Historical Research. Oct 1 2020 Info HERE TAPE HERE

The King’s Chocolate Kitchen at Hampton Court. Marc Meltonville of Hampton Court Palace in UK. Culinary Historians of Southern California. Oct 10 2020 TAPE HERE

Culinary Tales for Your Ails. Chrissie Perella. Historical Medical Library’s collection of recipe books. The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Oct 6 2020 HERE / TAPE HERE

Nourishing Genius: Food and Wine in the Time of Michelangelo. Fred Plotkin, Julian Brooks. Includes a list of wine and food. Getty Museum YouTube channel Oct 4 2020 TAPE HERE

Food by Chris Woolgar. Medieval Life and Death History Festival BBC 5 topics May 19 2020 TAPE HERE

Let's Cook History: The Medieval Feast (Medieval Documentary) TAPE HERE

Let's Cook History: The Renaissance Meal (Food History Documentary) TAPE HERE

Food and the Book: 1300-1800. Folger and Newberry libraries. 12 talks Oct 2020 HERE

Cookbooks and Recipe Books Food and the Book: 1300-1800. Folger and Newberry libraries. TAPE HERE

Documenting Food History in Archival Sources Food and the Book: 1300-1800. Folger and Newberry libraries. TAPE HERE

European Views on Indigenous American Foods Food and the Book: 1300-1800. Folger and Newberry libraries TAPE HERE

Race and Food in the Early Modern Book Food and the Book: 1300-1800. Folger and Newberry libraries. TAPE HERE

Spiritual Eating: Food in Early Modern Conversion Narratives Food and the Book: 1300-1800. Folger and Newberry libraries. TAPE HERE
2020
Literary Ecologies: Textual and Poetic Representations of Food Systems Food and the Book: 1300-1800. Folger and Newberry libraries TAPE HERE

Digitizing Food in the Book Food and the Book: 1300-1800. Folger and Newberry libraries. TAPE HERE


SOURCES
Christmas with the Poets: a collection of songs, carols, and descriptive verses relating to the festival of Christmas, from the Anglo-Norman period to the present time. London: 1851. the carol and 2 images

The Christmas Book: Christmas in the Olden Time. London: 1858

The Porkington Manuscript, #10, f 202 r; (now Brogyntyn MS ii.1) The National Library of Wales. source of carol

©2020 Patricia Bixler Reber
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