[Sca-cooks] Hospitality references

Terry Decker t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Fri Mar 7 17:03:37 PST 2008

Hospitality in the abstract, historic, or modern practice?

If modern, the only thing I can think of is a piece on Welsh hospitality 
that popped up in the Spectator a while back.  It's been webbed at 

Historic hospitality, possibly Poseidonius's Histories or Tacitus's 
Germania.  Poseidonius wrote a treatise on the Celts, but that is one of the 
lost classics.  There are some seriously heavy texts on Brehon Law (Irish) 
and some of the Scottish law derived from it, which are more easily located 
across the pond, but I don't have the names readily available.

To my knowledge, one of the best sources for medieval hospitality practices 
is Sir Gwain and the Green Knight.  There are a number of different 
translations available.  The most relevant passages are from Gwain's arrival 
at the castle and how he is greeted.


> Greetings all.
> My student is teaching american history in Scotland and asked if there 
> were any books on hospitality, scottish or welsh preferable.? Ideas for 
> her?
> Thank you.
> Aldyth

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