[Sca-cooks] Merovingian/Frankish dead end

Jim and Andi jimandandi at cox.net
Sun Jan 17 09:46:57 PST 2010

Anthimus is my primary source... The title of Anthimus' manuscript is
"On the Observance of Food". It's the intro written by Mark Grant that
includes the Fortunatus information.


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>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
>with the Abbess of the Holy Cross in Poitiers in 564 in the
>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
>Argh. Dead end after dead end today.

I assume you already know about Anthimus, which  might be at least 
mildly relevant.
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