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"The feast on a grand scale was mainly an affair of the court, the nobility, a religious person or an occasional favored son of fortune, “the feast became more and more a favourite means of manifesting the wealth and social importance of the donor.” (17)
"In early times [the cook] was often a person of rank and wealth...On state occasions he sometimes joined the procession into the hall, and claimed the honour of carrying the first dish to the table.” (47).
Mead, William Edward. English Medieval Feast. G. Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1931.
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