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Re: Butter
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0968  Thursday, 10 June 1999.

[1]     From:   Fran Teague <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 9 Jun 1999 11:08:08 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0958 Re: Butter

[2]     From:   Peter T. Hadorn <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 09 Jun 1999 10:30:16 -0500
        Subj:   RE: SHK 10.0958 Re: Butter

[3]     From:   Steve Urkowitz <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 9 Jun 1999 12:16:15 EDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0957 Q: Butter

[4]     From:   Laura Fargus <
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        Date:   Wednesday, 9 Jun 1999 22:29:54 -0400 (EDT)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0958 Re: Butter

[5]     From:   Nora Kreimer <
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        Date:   Thursday, 10 Jun 1999 09:19:00 -0300
        Subj:   Butter and others


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From:           Fran Teague <
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Date:           Wednesday, 9 Jun 1999 11:08:08 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 10.0958 Re: Butter
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0958 Re: Butter

I don't know anything about the relevant scholarship on butter, although
surely a reference librarian could guide such a search. I'd like to
suggest that a stop at the reference desk would be a good starting place
for many of the inquiries that people address to the list. (I'm not
trying to scold, but I think many of us need the occasional reminder.)

Following some of the recent discussion about what the web can offer, I
thought I'd try a number of search engines on the phrase "history of
butter" and see what turned up. (As you may know placing quotation marks
around the words asks most search engines to look for the phrase
itself.) Lycos, Excite, and so on all produced something, and the sites
they named ranged from 5 to 15 in number. (These included some on the
history of peanut butter, depending on whether the search engine allowed
intervening words in the phrase or not.)

A query to Alta Vista (www.altavista.com), which most folks think is the
best search engine, really did have the most useful info, I thought.
Asking about the "history of butter" yields 12 sites, including these:

http://drinc.ucdavis.edu/html/butter2.html
http://www.milk.co.uk/butterhistory.html
http://www.cme.com/market/ag/oldbutr.html

It also suggests http://www.butterinstitute.org/ which might be a good
place to e-mail for further suggestions.

And the somewhat idiosyncratic search engine, www.northernlight.com
searched on the phrase "history of butter" and found 1,549 items!

Fran Teague http://www.arches.uga.edu/~fteague

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From:           Peter T. Hadorn <
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Date:           Wednesday, 09 Jun 1999 10:30:16 -0500
Subject: 10.0958 Re: Butter
Comment:        RE: SHK 10.0958 Re: 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 derived the following sources from "The Writer's Guide to Everyday
Life in
Renaissance England From 1485-1649" by Kathy Lynn Emerson:

Peter Clark, "The English Alehouse: A Social History 1200-1830," London
and NY: Longman, 1983.

J.C. Drummond and Anne Wilbraham, "The Englishman's Food: A History of
Five Centuries of English Diet," London: Jonathan Cape, 1939.

F. G. Emmison, "Tudor Food and Pastimes: Life at Ingatestone Hall,"
London: E. Benn, 1964.

Hope this helps!

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Date:           Wednesday, 9 Jun 1999 12:16:15 EDT
Subject: 10.0957 Q: Butter
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0957 Q: Butter

One e-place to begin searching is the delightful

        Compendium of Common Knowledge: 1558-1603.  Elizabethan
Commonplaces
        for Writers, actors and re-enactors. (generated by Maggie
Secara)

at              http://renaissance.dm.net/compendium/home.html

There's a heading "Food."

And I seem to recall various guides to household management reprinted by
the Early English Text Society with instructions to dairy-maids.  Or
maybe that's just a factoidal hallucination ?

Ever,
Steve Urcholesterolowitz

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From:           Laura Fargus <
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Date:           Wednesday, 9 Jun 1999 22:29:54 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: 10.0958 Re: Butter
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0958 Re: 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'm sorry not to have a title for you, but someone has put together a
collection of banquet menus from the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras, with
some recipes.  It came out in the last four or five years.

Laura

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From:           Nora Kreimer <
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Date:           Thursday, 10 Jun 1999 09:19:00 -0300
Subject:        Butter and others

A very fine history of food has a history of butter since pre-Christian
times. .

Tousant-Samat, Maguelonne. History of Food.  France: Bordas. 1987.
Translated by Anthea Bell.USA: Blackwell Reference. 1992. ISBN
0-631-17741-8

Nora Kreimer

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