Re: [Authentic_SCA] Picnics Re: Digest Number 3185
- On 15/03/06, m d b <vcairistiona@...> wrote:
> > Although the Snopes article does suggest that the termI believe that this was termed the "Assembly", as
> >"picnic" is OOP.
> But it doesn't suggest al fresco dining is out of period;) If we
> could find out what those diners are actually partaking of it would
> help a great deal in giving it a name for an SCA context.
from "The Art of Medieval Hunting: The Hound and the Hawk":
Also apparent in practical manuals and imaginative fiction is the
delight in good fellowship. The hunt is a social occaision; it is
preceded and followed by good food and jollity, with plentiful wine
for aristocrats and employed huntsmen alike. A vitual
constituent is the 'assembly' or 'gathering' (Fig. 3), which,
shuld be makyd in a faire mede, wel grene, with faire trees . . .
alle about, . . . and a clere wel or some rennyng breke besides.
And it is cleped gaderyng because that alle men and houndes
for the huntyng gadren hem thider; . . . and alle the officers that
parten from home shuld bryng thider al that hem neden
overychon in hi office wel and plenteously, and shuld lay the
towailles and boordclothes all about upon the grene gras, and
sette divers metis upon a grete plater after the lordis pouere,
and some shuls ete sittyng and some standynge, some lenyng
upon her elbowes; some shuld drynk and some laugh, some
jangle, some borde, some play, and shortly do alle manere of
disportis of gladnesse. (Gace de la Vigne, Le roman des
deduis, ed. A. Blomqvist, Studia Romanica Holmiensia, III,
Karlshamn, 1951. Il. 8347-62)
Fig. 3: the assembly or gathering; the merits of the various beasts
located are assessed. Notice the droppings, spread on the tablecloth
for examination. Image in book is a black and white version of
Bookwyrm and Empath