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The Tudor Travel Guide

Your Visitor's Companion to the Aristocratic Houses of the Sixteenth Century

A persistent story connects Mary Queen of Scots with ‘marmelade’. In this apocryphal story, Mary Queen of Scots suffered from seasickness and her doctor concocted a sugary orange mixture to make her feel better and ‘marmelade’ was born. According to that story, the name marmalade came from ‘Marie est malade’ which translates from French into …

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Over the past year, every month, we have been enjoying the taste of Tudor England, courtesy of Brigitte Webster who runs Tudor and 17th Century Experience breaks. We have been treated to some extraordinary dishes, from Plum Tarts to a ‘Dyschefulle of Snowe and Strawberries’, on our culinary adventures through sixteenth-century England and beyond. Now, …

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In this month’s Great Tudor Bake Off, we travel to sixteenth-century Germany and indulge in some sweet and sticky German pastries enjoyed, no doubt, by the likes of Anne of Cleves before she left her homeland for England. It is well-known that the German Princess became homesick at some point, and given these delicious delicacies, …

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During the second half of the sixteenth century, food and cookery underwent significant changes. Under Henry VIII, English cookery had barely changed since the late medieval age, but during Elizabeth’s reign new, exotic food arrived at the dinner tables of the wealthy as tastes started to change, influenced by new fashions imported from the continent. …

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