Symbols of Sovereignty: Food, Pageantry and Propaganda in Lancastrian England and France
18 May 2017, 17:30 to 18 May 2017, 19:30
Food History Seminar
IHR Wolfson Room NB02, Basement, IHR, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Vanessa King , Goldsmiths University of London
This paper considers how the presentation of sweetmeats at royal banquets played a small but significant part in selling the ideology of the Lancastrian monarchy. English sources first note the use of sotelties, in the form of edible heraldic devices, by Henry IV to proclaim the legitimacy of his usurpation of Richard II. For Henry V and Henry VI, feasting provided the opportunity to reinforce the rightness of their claim to rule England and France. Centre stage is given to the elaborate sotelties presented before dinner guests, with accompanying verses by John Lydgate, at the English coronation of Henry VI in 1429.
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