Food in Tudor England

Unsurprisingly, food played an extremely important role in the every-day life of Tudor England. Food not only provided nutrition and sustenance, but in the Tudor period, it also helped define social hierarchy. By examining the table and food in homes during this era, historians could easily ascertain as to what economic and social sphere the family belonged to. The food available, the amount served during a meal, and the way it was presented were all regulated by the Tudor government in what were known as Sumptuary Laws. While the food and drink of the Tudor Era have made an impact on the current cuisine of England, the most lasting influence of the diets of the Tudor population has been the rigid social hierarchy it helped enforce. Through the food a Tudor English family ate, one could reasonably assume how much land they owned, what region they lived in, and their socioeconomic status at the time. Continue reading

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