[Sca-cooks] Lenten Observations was Officially serving modern food at SCA...

JIMCHEVAL at aol.com JIMCHEVAL at aol.com
Thu Jan 31 07:14:12 PST 2013

They are in fact ungodly complicated. Birds for a while were permitted,  
since they were created on the same day as fish. Under Charlemagne, monks  
were allowed to have pork fat since oil was difficult to get in some  regions, 
but dairy became forbidden. Etc.
Le Grand d'Aussy wrote several long sections on this in his history of  
French food, which I've translated as "Catholic Fasting in France from the  
Franks to the Eighteenth Century".
Jim  Chevallier

Newly translated from Pierre Jean-Baptiste  Le Grand d'Aussy:
Eggs, Cheese and Butter in Old Regime France  

In a message dated 1/31/2013 6:59:01 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,  
lcm at jeffnet.org writes:

In the  8th c the rules were much more stringent, and I've not been able 
to find  the beginning point of relaxation/allowances/indulgences. Not to 
say they  aren't there later, just that I am still  looking.

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