[Sca-cooks] Merovingian/Frankish dead end

Johnna Holloway johnnae at mac.com
Sat Jan 16 17:36:31 PST 2010

You've checked all the notes in Creating community with food and drink  
in Merovingian Gaul
  By Bonnie Effros?


On Jan 16, 2010, at 6:36 PM, Jim and Andi wrote:

> Saint Gregory, Bishop of Tours, mentions "dinner" twenty-two separate
> times in his History of the Franks.
> Not one single time does he actually describe what they were eating.
> And for anyone wondering, the description of Venantius Fortunatus's  
> meal
> with the Abbess of the Holy Cross in Poitiers in 564 in the  
> introduction
> chapter of On the Observance of Food is not a paraphrase. I looked up
> the bloody Poems of bloody Fortunatus, and all he gives is some loving
> descriptions of a few ingredients but no descriptions of the actual
> dishes.
> Argh. Dead end after dead end today.
> *frustrated*
> Madhavi

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