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Re: Butter
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0958  Wednesday, 9 June 1999.

[1]     From:   Frank Whigham <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 08 Jun 1999 10:03:48 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0957 Q: Butter

[2]     From:   Art Neuendorffer <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 08 Jun 99 10:21:01 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0957 Q: Butter

[3]     From:   Sean Lawrence <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 08 Jun 1999 09:37:33 +0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0957 Q: Butter


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From:           Frank Whigham <
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Date:           Tuesday, 08 Jun 1999 10:03:48 -0500
Subject: 10.0957 Q: Butter
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0957 Q: Butter

It's not exactly on point, but Braudel's *The Mediterranean and the
Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II* has an index entry for
butter.

Frank Whigham

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From:           Art Neuendorffer <
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Date:           Tuesday, 08 Jun 99 10:21:01 -0500
Subject: 10.0957 Q: Butter
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0957 Q: Butter

Joseph Tate <
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>Where might one find a history of butter in Shakespeare's England?
>Are there books or articles on butter, cheese
>or other such dairy food items in this time period?

I can't answer your query but this may interest you:

The Merry Wives of Windsor  Act 1, Scene 1

 SIMPLE  Book of Riddles! why, did you not lend it to
         Alice SHORTCAKE upon All-hallowmas last,
          a fortnight afore Michaelmas?

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 SHORTCAKE, n. An unsweetened breakfast cake shortened
                         with butter or lard, rolled thin, and baked.

 SPENCER, n. [OF. despensier.] One who has the care of the spence,
                                 or buttery.

 Alice SPENCER/(a.k.a. Alice SHORTCAKE?) was the widow
                      of Ferdinando Stanley -  Lord STRANGE.

Lord Strange's Men performed 'harey the vj'
                           (Henry VI, part 2?) on 3 March 1592.

Art Neuendorffer

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From:           Sean Lawrence <
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Date:           Tuesday, 08 Jun 1999 09:37:33 +0000
Subject: 10.0957 Q: Butter
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0957 Q: Butter

Try The English Housewife by Gervase Markham, available in a very good
modern edition by Michael Best.  It will certainly provide uses for
dairy products, and may even have a section on how to make them.

Cheers,
Se

 

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