Expenses of the Diet Provided during Easter Term, 1591, X.d.98
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This article features a transcription of a Folger Shakespeare Library manuscript, Expenses of the Diet Provided during Easter Term, X.d.98, (1591),featured in the Age of Lawyers Exhibition, September 12, 2015-January 3, 2016.
The judges and privy councillors of the Star Chamber often shared rich midday dinners on Wednesdays and Fridays, after the morning session. The Friday feasts, following the prevailing custom, offered fish. This menu from April 30, 1591, includes 30 or more varieties, from oysters, herring, salmon, pike, crayfish, eels, and carp to shrimp, trout, lobster, crab, cod, and haddock.
Below is a semi-diplomatic transcription of folio 3 recto of Folger manuscript X.d.98. The transcription below was created by the Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) project. To access an image of the original leaf, click on each transcription's heading.
die veneris xxxo
my lord of Canterbury
my lord Channcellor
my lord of Treasuror
my lord of Buchurst
Sir ffranncys Knowells /
Mr Vnder Treasuror
of the Exchequor
Sir William Hatton. /
Mr Doctor Cesar
Mr Asheley. /
Inprimis in breade xxiiijs in beare vijs vjd
in Ale vs in fflower vjs } xlijs vjd.
Item in Oysters iiijs in sweet butter ijs in
olde Lynge xiiijs in Salt Samon ixs in
greene fishe viijs in iij great Pikes xvjs in
iij smaller Pikes xs in iij great Carpes
xijs in vj smaller Carpes xijs in iij breames
xviijs in iij Tenches xijs in iij greate
Rostinge Eles vijs vjd in xij knobberdes iijs
in ix Perches ixs in Trowtes xs in
fflounders vs in Barbles xijs in Chevyns
vjs in Chubbes vijs in Soules xiijs iiijd
in Creyfishe iijs in place xvs in Purles
vjs in Gurnettes xvs in Prawnes iiijs in
Lobsters xs in Crabbes xijs in mackarell
iijs iiijd in Whytinges xvjs in j freshe
Samon and a Chyne xxviijs in Earbes
iijs iiijd in Creame ijs iiijd in pounded
Butter xvijs iiijd in Apples for Tartes
ijs in Egges ixs in Orenges & Lemons
ijs in Barbaryes xijd in Rose water xijd
in Quince vjs in fruite viijd in Portage
iijs in bote hire in all iiijs
} xvijli xiijs xd paid
Summa xixli xvjs iiijd paid