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July 15 – Raphael Holinshed: Of the Food and Diet of the English

When Elizabeth Dined
Meals in the houses of the gentry and noblemen in Elizabethan England were taken most seriously. No one spoke. Holinshed records the strange table etiquette of our ancestors.
(Queen Elizabeth entertained at Kenilworth, July 15, 1575.)
Read from HOLINSHED‘S CHRONICLES Vol. 35, pp. 271-288

English tables were “oftentimes more plentifully garnished than those of other nations”

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eat good food, especially to excess.
noun: gormandise
the action of indulging in or being a connoisseur of good eating.

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