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Lord Geoffrey Luttrell at supper

c. 1325 - 1335

Lord at supper

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    This page from an illuminated manuscript shows a wealthy lord, Geoffrey Luttrell, and his household being served supper. On the left we see cooks preparing food, and servants bringing the dishes to the table. Wealthy landowners had regular access to freshly killed meat and river fish, as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. Cooked dishes were heavily flavoured with spices, which were imported from overseas, and were very valuable.

     

    Interestingly, underneath this illustration are the verses of Psalm 114:4: ‘I met with trouble and sorrow: and I called upon the name of the Lord’. This deliberate connection between ‘the Lord’ (meaning Jesus) with 'Lord Luttrell' suggests that Luttrell saw himself, like Jesus, as a protector, both of his household and his tenants. The page is from the Luttrell Psalter, one of the most famous medieval manuscripts because of its rich illustrations of everyday life in the 1300s. 

     

    Shelfmark: Add. 42130 f.208

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