S: Food, Feast, and Entertainment By: Vaishnavi Rudraraju
BC: Vaishnavi Rudraraju is a seventh grader in Eyer Middle School. She plays the violin in the Eyer orchestra. She loves to run and reading . Her favorite subject is Social Studies. | About the Author
1: Food,Feasts, and Entertainment By:Vaishnavi Rudraraju Eyer Middle School 2011
2: Peasants didn't have a wide variety of food. The food they ate was quite simple. They usually ate dark breads made of barley and rye. The poor drank ale, mead, cider, or unclean water. Due to their poor diet, the peasants got very little protein and other nutrients.
3: The wealthy people on the other hand had a lot of food. Capons, geese, larks, chicken, beef,bacon, lamb were available to the lord and his family. Dairy products such as cheese and butter might also be seen on the table. The lord had lots of food.
4: At a feast, eccentric foods were eaten, like peacocks and cranes. The courses lasted a long time and it wasn't weird to have six courses. | There was music and other types of entertainment to entertain the guests during and between the meals. They believed that music helped to digest the food they were eating.
5: In the Middle Ages, it is required to recite a prayer before a meal. After it is over,they must wash their hands in warm water and then take a seat. A container of salt is placed in front of the most honored guest."It was so delightful to see the salt in front of me. I felt so honored" said a guest.
6: All the servants were expected to dress well. Servants had to serve guests only what they liked and foods that the guest would eat. An error made could lower their rank, which was a big deal.
7: The people in the Medieval Period ate similar to how we eat today. They used hanaps. They are the type of cups they drink from. They also used bowls and spoons just like us. In this period they thought that forks were unfashionable,so they were not used. Instead they would use knives. It was quite peculiar because the guests brought their own knives and they used the knife as a fork. There were some foods that you had to eat with your hands. That is why they washed their hands between courses.This is also the period were napkins and glassware start to become more popular and common.
8: There are so many different types of entertainment in the Medieval Period. There were games for children, games for adults, activities for kings, knights training, indoor games, outdoor games, and many more.
9: The children in the Medieval Period did not get entertained by television, computers,video games, or any other electronic. Kids today might think that it is impossible get entertained with their electronics and other gadgets. | Children wrestled, swam, fish, and also played a game which was a cross between a game of tennis and handball.
10: Other games that people played in the Middle Age includes chess and dice. These two were a form of gambling. Dice was played by every class. Dice was more common because they were easy to carry. Some indoor games that they played are checkers, backgammon, board games, and listening to musicians and storytellers.
11: Some kings and nobles kept a jester or clown. Jesters make people laugh. They wear a cap with bells on the ends and often carry a slapstick. Minstrels on the other hand are more of musicians. They play the hornpipes and sang with a harp.
12: There were so many types of games you could play outside, but the games depended on the weather and time of year. | Hunting and hawking were enjoyed in its season. Some games like hunting and hawking were dangerous. They also played bowling. | The people in this period also played a game that is similar to hockey.In the Middle Age, the ball was larger than today's and it was made of leather.
13: During harvest time the whole village bob apples together. The also go on hunts | At the Christmas feast, everybody plays a game called "King of the Bean." When they bake the cake, the baker simply places a bean in the cake. You win by getting the bean in your piece of cake. | Even medieval knights played games. The definition of recreation to them means training, so they do gymnastics and foot races for fun.
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