Historical How Tos

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What to grow in a medieval herb garden

Gardens at Rievaulx Abbey
Posted:
6 May 2016
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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
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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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How to dine like a Norman

Banquet hosted by the Bishop of Normandy, from the Bayeux Tapestry
Posted:
18 February 2016
Posted By:
Sam Bilton
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Historical How Tos

In the Bayeux Tapestry, William the Conqueror is depicted enjoying a fine feast soon after his invasion of England in 1066. As well as a new language and the clean-shaven look, what else did the Normans bring to the English table? Run Rabbit The Romans had apparently tried to introduce the rabbit ...

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A History of the Twelfth Night Cake

Twelfth Night an engraving by Robert Seymour published in The Book of Christmas by 'Thomas K Hervey (EC0JD5)
Posted:
4 January 2016
Posted By:
Sam Bilton
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Historical How Tos

The merriment and mayhem of the festive season historically came to a head on Twelfth Night. Historical food blogger Sam Bilton looks back at centuries of celebration, and has a go at recreating a traditional Twelfth Night cake at home. ...

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