“Manners maketh man” was the motto of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. Would your own table manners pass inspection?
Posts Categorized: Early-modern-life
As the arts and culture flourished in Shakespeare’s England, musical life blossomed as well.
In Shakespeare’s England, those wearing clothes adjudged to be above their station were subject to fines or imprisonment under sumptuary laws.
Renaissance fashion was unquestionably distinctive, especially among the upper class, who favored clothing with luxurious fabrics and dramatic silhouettes.
Education was increasingly important in the early modern period with the rise of social mobility, but children were also put to work around the household.
Salmon, oysters, asparagus, and grapes are all ingredients in this unusual pie recipe from Francine Segan’s cookbook “Shakespeare’s Kitchen.”
What did people think about childhood and parenting in early modern England? Did parents express fondness for their children? How did they discipline them?
In honor of Earth Day, here’s a prominent early modern treatise against air pollution in London from the Folger collection: “Fumifugium,” published in 1661.
Francine Segan, a food historian with a taste for the Renaissance, adapts a 1610 handwritten recipe for rose cakes from a recipe book that’s part of the Folger collection.
Food historian Francine Segan has a taste for the Renaissance and a love of Shakespeare. Here she adapts a recipe for “Citron pye” from a 1587 cookbook. You’ll find an intense combination of vinegar and pepper in these citrus tarts.