Historical How Tos

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How to do afternoon tea like the Victorians

Mrs Beetons recipe for afternoon tea
Posted:
23 August 2016
Posted By:
Sam Bilton
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Historical How Tos

Tiny cakes and sandwiches, freshly baked scones, buttered toast and a pot of tea - what could be more English? But how, when and why did the ritual of afternoon tea evolve - and how can we recreate it today? Food blogger Sam Bilton explores the institution that is afternoon tea. Time for tea “Th...

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What to grow in a medieval herb garden

Gardens at Rievaulx Abbey
Posted:
6 May 2016
Posted By:
English Heritage
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Historical How Tos

A monastery’s infirmary herb garden grew specialist plants that were used in medieval medicine to help the body heal itself. Here are nine plants that you’d find there which you can still grow in your own herb garden today.  Gardens dedicated to medicinal herbs alone were quite rare in medi...

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How to Drink Like a Norman

© The Art Archive / Alamy
Posted:
16 March 2016
Posted By:
Sam Bilton
Categories:
Historical How Tos

“The English are noted among foreigners for their persistent drinking.” observed John of Salisbury, Bishop of Chartres from 1176-80. But whatever they thought of the English reputation for drunkenness, the Normans appear to have had no problem with joining in our frolics... [caption id="at...

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