Added by John E. Rybolt, C.M. on June 29, 2011 at 2:46pm — No Comments
In Vincent’s time, people normally had their own eating utensils. To pick up and eat their food, many used their fingers, which they would clean with a cloth and/or bread. As to the utensils, normally a knife and spoon—forks were a new import from Italy, often used only in upper-class settings—these were also cleaned at the table by the eater and wrapped up in a cloth to…
Added by John E. Rybolt, C.M. on June 24, 2011 at 3:04pm — No Comments
Monique Bras-Paquin, Emile Boutin, Les Gondy de Retz, (Nantes: Editions Siloe, 2002), pp. 270. ISBN: 2-84231-218-X.
“La France du XVI e siècle fut profondément marquée par l’influence de ces Italiens qui, venus de Florence, de Milan, de Turin ou d’ailleurs, jouèrent un role préponderant dans l’évolution politique, économique, sociale et…Continue
Added by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. on June 23, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments
William Beik, A Social and Cultural History of Early Modern France, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), 401pp. ISBN: 978-0-521-88309-2.
From the publisher: "A magisterial new history of French society between the end of the Middle Ages and the Revolution by one of the world's leading authorities on early modern France. Using colorful…Continue
Added by Edward R. Udovic, C.M. on June 13, 2011 at 7:39pm — No Comments