10 Medieval Feasts We Wish We Could Join


1. Who doesn’t love a feast with horses bursting through it and people smashing things?

king arthur

This party definitely went over the top.

“The Banquet in the Pinewoods: Scene Three of the Story of Nastagio degli Onesti,” 1483, Botticelli

2. The Duke (seated at the right, in blue) looks like a happy camper.


Should we tell the guy in gray that his socks don’t match?

Page from the Book of Hours (calendar) of the Très Riches Heures showing the household of John, Duke of Berry exchanging New Year gifts in January, c.1412-1416

3.Who knew that King Arthur’s round table was so small?

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Couldn’t he have ordered a larger one?

Walter Map, Livre fait et composé à la mémoire des vertueux fais et gestes de plusieurs nobles et excellentz chevaliers, Rouen 1488 – King Arthur and His Knights at the Round Table

4. Check out the little Girl Eating Leftovers.

bruegel wedding

She’s basically our mascot.

The Peasant Wedding, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1567

5. Because, of course.


Worst dinner party of all time.

The Last Supper, Leonardo da Vinci, 1494-1499

6. Remember to say your prayers before you eat!

grace before meal

So many kids!

Grace before the Meal, Anthonius Claessins, c.1585

7. A Feast on the Floor!


A full table for every two people? Sounds good.

Réception chez un marchand. Al-Harîrî, Al-Maqâmât (Les Séances). Baghdad, 1237

8. Check out the servants’ shoes, and check out that dog!


Also, the pointiest shoes ever.

‘The Marriage of Renaud of Montauban and Clarisse’. A 15th century illuminated manuscript of Renaud de Montauban by Loyset Liedet (1420 – 1479)

9. Another French feast, this time with instruments!

Olivier de Castille

And more pointy shoes!

Histoire d’Olivier de Castille et d’Artus d’Algarbe, f.181v, Philippe Camus, 1482

10. That building looks a little wobbly.


We wouldn’t want to be sitting in it.

Harold II feasting with friends, Bayeux Tapestry, 1070s







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