Mid Anglia Group, Richard III Society

Starting very soon …

There’s less than a week to go now until the start of A History of Royal Food and Feasting.

Hosted by Professors Kate Williams and Lindy Grant together with colleagues in Food and Nutritional Sciences Department at the University of Reading and expert curators and food historians from Historic Royal Palaces, this course will explore the changing tastes of five monarchs and their influence on the foods we eat today.

One of the great benefits of an online course like this, is the opportunity to join conversations with fellow learners from around the world. Why not start now?

Can you identify these mystery objects, uploaded to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram? What do you think they were used for?

Share your suggestions on social media using #FLRoyalFood, or if you prefer, join the conversation with fellow learners in the course Welcome area. We’re really looking forward to meeting you! And if you haven’t already, please take a few minutes to fill out our pre-course survey.

So what’s in store for Week 1?

Join us at Hampton Court Palace, the iconic backdrop for our exploration of royal Tudor food and feasting. The palace kitchens catered for up to 600 courtiers, visiting dignitaries and of course Henry VIII himself at any one time. How did the palace manage to feed them all – not to mention the staff? And this was just on a normal day at court! You’ll also explore one of the most spectacular events held at the palace during the reign of King Henry VIII; the Christening of his long-awaited son, Prince Edward VI and what was likely to have been on the menu at such a grand occasion.

Is it true that Henry VIII was a messy eater? And that the Tudors feared vegetables and fruit? You’ll be able to separate fact from fiction as we investigate what was really eaten by Henry and his court.

For the keen cooks amongst you, why not recreate your own Tudor feast at home? Find out how to make a cheese tart the Tudor way. Or if that isn’t to your taste, why not try your hand at Fylettys en Galentyne or a Tarte owt of Lente?

There’s still time to sign up. So if you think you’d enjoy learning alongside your friends, family and colleagues you can invite them to register here: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/royal-food/3

We look forward to meeting you next week.

Professor Kate Williams and Professor Lindy Grant
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