Medieval Peasant Diet

19 May 2019

At ... scientists from Bristol University have used chemical analysis of pottery fragments and animals bones to shed some light on what ordinary people ate during the Medieval era in Britain. It included cheese as one might expect and stews (old fashioned pottages) of meat and vegetables (cabbage and leeks in particular). The diet was quite good and not as frugal as one might have thought. Mind you, not much there for them to get fat and uneasy on the pins.

Over at ... whilst we now know more about the elite than ordinary people, especially what the elite had dished up on their plates, we now have a story on the remains of Anglo Saxon kings and queens. It is about the largest assemblage of medieval royal skeletons - at Winchester Cathedral (some 23 persons in all). They were originally housed in ornate mortuary caskets until the 17th century, it is thought, when the cathedral was ransacked by anti-royalists. A contemporary chronicler described Parliamentarian troops and supporters as using the royal remains  as missiles to smash stained glass windows.