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Medieval Holidays and Festivals: A Calendar of Celebrations Hardcover – September, 1981

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum; 1st edition (September 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684171724
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684171722
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,184,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1981, when I was working on my degree in medieval/Renaissance studies at Pitzer College (Claremont, California), I snapped up Pelner-Cosman's book and immediately worked towards living a medieval/Renaissance lifestyle that I have always found very enriching, both professionally and personally. Cosman clearly shows how people prior to 1400 vigorously celebrated the holidays, particularly Easter, which many considered the biggest holiday until Charles Dickens popularized Christmas in the 19th Century. Sadly, Easter, at least here in the United States, for many has been eclipsed not only by Christmas, but also events such as Superbowl Sunday, or worse yet, even Bosses' Day, then it is high time to restore the glory and joy that is rightfully Easter's. Pelner-Cosman, with the rich glittering detail of a medieval king's necklace, shows precisely how to hold one dazzling Easter celebration, complete with lively music and Bible plays, and plenty of dancing for one and all. While the recipes are good starters for those interested in medieval cooking, I find them not to be the best, as there are very few vegan recipes; I have yet to learn to adapt them to the vegan diet, while retaining historical accuracy, and I also find some of them inaccurate. One recipe calls for "brown sugar" even though sugar did not reach Europe until the explorers brought it over from China, and the same applies to pasta, which I found in another recipe. Furthermore, not only is "pain perdu" misspelled as "Payn Pur-Dew", but again, the post-1400 ingredient of "brown sugar" is listed, whereas in the Middle Ages, only honey was used as a sweetener, and even after 1400, honey continued to be the preferred sweetener because only the very rich could afford sugar.Read more ›
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This book has explained much about medieval feasts and festivals to me that brought many other points of history I learned click together. The rich imagery makes the old feasts come alive in my mind and sound like so much fun! This book makes me want to organize a true feast in my town!
The explanation of "upper crust" and "bringing home the bacon" have fun new meaning - they will for you to if you get this book!
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What fun this book is! With a celebration for every month of the year, costumes, games, decorations and recipes, this book is loaded with all you could want to recreate your own medieval festival. There are patterns for costumes (great for Halloween!), the script for a play, and scattered throughout are tidbits of fascinating information about life in the Middle Ages. Grades 5-adult. Hurry and buy one of the last few used copies available!
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