Wharram Percy/Manor House
Would you like to go up and have a look at the Manor House, my cousin Katie is a kitchen maid. If we go to the kitchen door she will show us around as the Lord and Lady are out hunting today.
Lets go inside and have a look around.
A Tour around the House
the Great Hall
We are preparing for a banquet tonight. There will be 50 guests from all over the county. If you look into the Great Hall you can imagine what it will be like. We have to cook 3 oxen, 4 pigs, 2 sheep, 10 geese, 5 swans and 5 peacocks. Its all very spicy, things like ginger and hot pepper from the East. They are very expensive. There will be 10 casks of ale and 100 bottles of wine from France. All the plates and bowls are made of pewter. There are knives and spoons but most will eat with their fingers.
This is the main bedroom, I was on my way up here to sweep it out when you arrived. But Lady Matilda is in the room, she hasn’t gone hunting after all, so I will have to come back later. It gives me time to show you a little more. Its very bare apart from the bed but I think you will agree its a lot more comfortable than Kitty's house.
animals and their meat
When the Normans conquered England in 1066 they brought their French language and cooking recipes with them. So animals have kept their Germanic names, but the meat has got French ones. Find the pairs:
|veal||calf of a cow|