Minstrels at a feast

early 1540s

Minstrels at a feast


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    Music played a central part in English culture at this time. Manuscripts contain many images of musicians and musical instruments, but also show the range of settings in which music was performed. This included religious rituals such as the daily cycle of prayers performed by monks, and also non-religious settings such as banquets, balls, tournaments and fairs. This image shows minstrels playing at a grand feast, and comes from a manuscript known as the Golf Book which is famous for its lively depictions of sports and pastimes. Only parts of the original manuscript survive, including the calendar which is exhibited here.

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