Friday, November 30, 2007

loves and fishes?

Roger Martyn notes that "on the Monday one way, on the Tuesday another way, on the Wednesday another way, praying for rain or fair weather as the time required; having a drinking and a dinner there upon Monday, being fast day; and Tuesday being a fish day [when Catholics were required to abstain from meat] they had a breakfast with butter and cheese, etc., at the parsonage, and a drinking at Mr. Clopton's by Kentwell, at his manor of Lutons, near the ponds in the park, where there was a little chapel...." Were Anglicans required to abstain as well in the 16th century? Butchers and Fishmongers: Their Historical Contribution to London's Festivity; AU : Billington, Sandra; SO : Folklore; VO : 101; NO : 1; DA : 1990; PP : 97-103, points out that Protestant England wanted to increase the number of fish days for economic reasons, although Puritan figures of fun in late-Eliz/early-Jac. plays often sat down to a dinner of flesh on Fridays.

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