If preparing Christmas dinner in your household seems exhausting, spare a thought for the Royal kitchen of Henry III.
Over Christmas in 1251, he and guests tucked into 830 deer, 200 wild boar, 1,300 hares, 385 pigeons and 115 cranes – and that was just the wild game menu.
Such lavish affairs are recorded by Woodbridge historian Richard Barber in his book, The Prince in Splendour: Court Festivals of Medieval Europe.
As well presented as the events it describes, the 280-page book examines medieval court festivals in all their grandeur.
“One of the things I like about medieval history is that there are very few primary sources of record,” said the author.