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Elizabethan Dining
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0547  Tuesday, 21 August 2007

[1] 	From: 		David Lindley <
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	Date: 		Monday, 20 Aug 2007 15:26:14 +0100
	Subj: 		RE: SHK 18.0540 Elizabethan Dining

[2] 	From: 		Hardy M. Cook <
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	Date: 		Tuesday, August 21, 2007
	Subj: 		Mealtyde

[3] 	From: 		Jan Pick <
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	Date: 		Monday, 20 Aug 2007 21:22:57 +0100
	Subj: 		RE: SHK 18.0540 Elizabethan Dining

[4] 	From: 		Larry Weiss <
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	Date: 		Monday, 20 Aug 2007 18:14:41 -0400
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From: 		David Lindley <
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Date: 		Monday, 20 Aug 2007 15:26:14 +0100
Subject: 18.0540 Elizabethan Dining
Comment: 	RE: SHK 18.0540 Elizabethan Dining

Just by the way, 'dinner' was the name for the midday meal in the 
lower-middle-class household in which I was brought up (and one had 
'school dinners'). 'Lunch' was what posh people had.  They had supper in 
the evening, we had tea. I still, resistantly, tend to retain these 
labels...

David Lindley

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From: 		Hardy M. Cook <
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Date: 		Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Subject: 	Mealtyde

An entry in LEME: The Lexicon of Early Modern English fixes the times 
for meals.

Richard Verstegan
_A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence_
1605

Mealtyde. The tyme of eating, as noon-meal or euen-meal, for which wee 
vse our borrowed French woords of dinner and supper.

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From: 		Jan Pick <
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Date: 		Monday, 20 Aug 2007 21:22:57 +0100
Subject: 18.0540 Elizabethan Dining
Comment: 	RE: SHK 18.0540 Elizabethan Dining

The Elizabethans tended to have three main meals: breakfast - literally 
breaking the fast of the night, at around 8 am; dinner in the middle of 
the day - this was the main meal and took place usually around noon; 
supper, which was the evening meal and was eaten around 6 - 7pm.  In the 
countryside, many went to bed early and rose early, so obviously 
mealtimes were not set in stone, but that was the general naming of them.

Best,
Jan Pick

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Date: 		Monday, 20 Aug 2007 18:14:41 -0400
Subject: 18.0540 Elizabethan Dining
Comment: 	Re: SHK 18.0540 Elizabethan Dining

In Arden of Feversham, IV.i, Arden leaves home to keep a promised 
appointment to "dine" with a local lord, but he promises his wife to 
return "ere night . . . to sup with" her.  Two scenes later the 
murderers are commenting on thick fog that covers them as they lay in 
wait for Arden.  One says, "This were a fine world for chandlers, if 
this weather would last; for then a man should never dine nor sup 
without candle light."

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