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Living and Dining in Medieval Paris The Household of a Fourteenth-century Knight

by Nicole Crossley-Holland

Living and Dining in Medieval Paris The Household of a Fourteenth-century Knight Synopsis

A richly detailed account of the culinary world of fourteenth-century Paris. At the centre of this account lies the Menagier de Paris, a medieval manuscript covering all aspects of food preparation and household skills, written by a well-to-do knight for his fifteen-year old wife. Through her meticulous study of the manuscript, Nicole Crossley-Holland paints a vivid picture of life in a knight's household: his city residence with it's walled vegetable and herb garden; his home farm which provided meat and dairy produce; the country estate where he trained sparrow hawks and hunted wild boar. The author gives a comprehensive description of medieval food economy. Methods of food preservation, cooking techniques, recipes and presentation are thoroughly explored. Menus, ranging from the simple and everyday to elaborate wedding feasts, are described in detail. The author of the Menagier has remained anonymous for over six hundred years. Now, in a remarkable piece of scholarly detective work, Nicole Crossley-Holland reveals his identity.

Living and Dining in Medieval Paris The Household of a Fourteenth-century Knight Press Reviews

'features a detective-style inquiry into the identity of the man and his residences.' (French Review) 'a masterpiece of scholastic research and will be of interest to anyone with an interest in medieval studies.' (Wisconsin Bookwatch) 'This book is clearly based on lightly worn scholarship and meticulous research.' (New Welsh Review) 'Crossley-Holland with her usual thoroughness and painstaking scholarship provides convincing proof of the Menagier's identity...a fascinating an exhaustive tableau of the lives of the medieval gentry and their cohorts...judiciously illustrated...Crossley-Holland shows a keen perception of society in the middle ages.' (French Review) 'it is when she comes, in part 3, to understanding and interpreting medieval recipes and culinary techniques that the author really comes into her own. The effect is positively mouth-watering as she all but cooks the dishes in front of the reader. The book is attractively illustrated...Altogether it is a most agreeable, not to say salivating, read.' (Economic History Review)

Book Information

ISBN: 9780708316474
Publication date: 17th February 2000
Author: Nicole Crossley-Holland
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 255 pages
Categories: Social & cultural history, European history, Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500, General cookery & recipes,

About Nicole Crossley-Holland

Dr Nicole Crossley-Holland is Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales where she teaches medieval history.

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