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Author Lloyd, Paul S.

Title Food and identity in England, 1540-1640 : eating to impress / Paul S. Lloyd.

Publication Info. New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.

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Description 1 online resource
Series Cultures of early modern Europe
Cultures of early modern Europe.
Summary "Food and Identity in England, 1540-1640 considers early modern food consumption in an important new way, connecting English consumption practices between the reigns of Henry VIII and Charles I with ideas of 'self' and 'otherness' in wider contexts of society and the class system. Examining the diets of various social groups, ranging from manual labourers to the aristocracy, special foods and their preparation, as well as festive events and gift foods, this all-encompassing study reveals the extent to which individuals and communities identified themselves and others by what and how they ate between the Reformation of the church and the English Civil Wars. This text provides remarkable insights for anyone interested in knowing more about the society and culture of early modern England."--Bloomsbury Publishing.
Contents I. Approaches -- Introduction -- Literature on food history -- 'Sorts' of people in England, 1540-1640 -- Sources and methods -- Food and identity -- Food symbolism: luxury and necessity -- Food symbolism: sociability -- II. Social Groups -- The 'meaner sort' and their diets -- Labourers and the poor -- Household servants -- The middling sort and their diets -- Labourers and the poor -- Household servants -- The middling sort and their diets -- Wealthy yeomen -- Urban 'professionals' and artisans -- The diet of the gentry -- Staple foods -- High quality and high-priced variants of staple foods -- Exclusive foods and foods used sparingly -- III. Social relations -- Special foods and their preparation -- Special foods -- Recipes and ready-made foods -- Fake luxuries -- Interactions -- Gifts and hospitality -- Special occasions -- Critiques of feasting -- Conclusion: Eating to Impress.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Subject Food habits -- England -- History.
Diet -- England -- History.
England -- Social conditions.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Lloyd, Paul S. Food and identity in England, 1540-1640 1472514432 (DLC) 2014035229 (OCoLC)869437678
ISBN 9781472510655 (electronic bk.)
1472510658 (electronic bk.)
9781474210669 (online)