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Called the ‘banquet’, this took place after the main meal, in a distinct space, and consisted of sweet foods, spiced wine, and sculptural sugarwork.
Originally developing at court, the sweet banquet was quickly embraced by the nobility and gentry.
This article investigates the adoption of this dining practice in the wealthy country houses of early modern England and the reasons for its popularity in this specific context.
It draws on state papers, published works, and household accounts to establish the ways in which the banquet was utilized and understood by early modern elites.If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your To send this article to your Google Drive account, please select one or more formats and confirm that you agree to abide by our usage policies.If this is the first time you use this feature, you will be asked to authorise Cambridge Core to connect with your ; Tracy Thong, ‘Appropriations of the early modern banquet course and informal meals in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries’ (Ph. thesis, Loughborough, 2008); Louise Stewart, ‘The sweet banquet in early modern England’ (Ph. thesis, Nottingham, 2016); also see It has long been recognized that the terms ‘dinner’ and ‘supper’ had very specific meanings.UCL Library Services provides access to a wide range of databases.These are available for use by UCL staff and students both on and off-site within the terms of the license agreements. The content of many of UCL's databases can be searched within Explore, following links to view full-text if it is available.It sees Augustus indulge in ‘a secret souper or banket, havynge with hym sixe noble men his frendes and sixe noble women…[they] fared sumptuously and delicately the city of Rome at that tyme being vexed with skarcitie of grayne: he therefore was rente with curses and rebukes of the people’, fo. Primary Documents can contain older handwriting that can be challenging to read.As an appropriation of the ancient symposium, it provided opportunities to engage with the intellectual and visual cultures of the classical world and the Renaissance.To send this article to your Kindle, first ensure [email protected] added to your Approved Personal Document E-mail List under your Personal Document Settings on the Manage Your Content and Devices page of your Amazon account. Note you can select to send to either the @free.or @variations.Also includes 165 files (over 16,000 pages) from the Prime Minister's Private Office (PREM 11).These provide an important supplement to Cabinet Records and cover all aspects of policy making.