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Eating like a King

Have you ever wondered what what King Henry II ate?

by: Food24 | 29 Sep 2008

Jan Wilkinson, the director of the University of Manchester's John Rylands Library, has plans to put the cookbook created by the chefs of King Henry II online.

The 14th-century book is one of 40 rare manuscripts photographed and placed online by the library.

So, are you wondering what medieval cuisine was like?

The British Library explains that food at banquets included everyday jellies, pies, fritters and stews accompanied by magnificent animals such as peacocks, seals, porpoises, and even whales.

The Telegraph states that the online cookbook will include blank mang and mortrews. The first is a sweet dish of meat, milk, sugar and almonds. The second is ground and spiced pork.

The work, which will be carried out using a state-of-the-art high-definition camera, will begin next month and is due to be completed by late 2009.

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