Friday, June 8, 2018

1387 Perfect Picnic

Getty MS 27 f. 60v Gaston Phoebus, Livre de chasse 1387

Picnic, 1387

"The place where the assembly will be held should be a beautiful green meadow, with beautiful trees all around, well separated from one another, and a clear fountain or some running water...

 "And they should spread out towels and cloths everywhere on the green grass, and put out various meats in great abundance according to the power of the lord.

"And some people should eat sitting, some standing, some resting on their elbows; and some people should drink, some should laugh, perform and tell stories and play, and in short all the festivities and delights."

Gaston Phoebus, Livre de chasse
Hunting was the favorite sport of aristocrats during the Middle Ages, and the Livre de la Chasse (Book of the Hunt),written in 1387, was the most popular guide for hunters. The text's author, Gaston Ph├ębus, was an important political and military leader known for the magnificence and sophistication of his household. He himself owned 1,600 sporting dogs and 200 horses.