A History of Royal Food and Feasting

A new course explores the rich history of royal food and feasting … and it’s free to join!

From the elaborate banquets of Henry VIII to the frugality of George III, chart the history of royal food in a new free online course, as Historic Royal Palaces teams up with the University of Reading to create A History of Royal Food and Feasting

This new 5 week course launches 20 June 2016

Did you know that Henry VIII ordered the first apricot trees to be planted in England because he couldn’t get enough of them? Or that chocolate was first introduced to England by Charles II to compete with the French court? If the answer’s no, then a new online course - devised by Historic Royal Palaces in partnership with the University of Reading - promises to liven up dinner party conversations and transform you into a budding food historian, with the certificate to prove it!

Join expert historians, curators and a host of familiar faces for A History of Royal Food and Feasting, a specially created Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) which charts the rich history of royal cuisine, as told through the tastes of five monarchs; Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, George I, George III, and Queen Victoria. Over five weeks, you’ll discover the changing palates of successive generations of royals, and experience the splendour of the palaces they called home. From Henry VIII’s Tudor kitchens at Hampton Court Palace, to the rooms specially designed for the preparation of chocolate, the course offers the chance to go behind the scenes of some of the greatest palaces ever built, while uncovering the secrets of royal cookery.

Using historic artefacts, documentary evidence and modern science to bring the past vividly to life, A History of Royal Food and Feasting examines the flavour, nutritional value and medicinal benefits of royal food past and present, and investigates which era enjoyed the healthiest and tastiest diet. Better yet, each week there’ll be a cooking challenge to try at home, which everything from Tudor pies to afternoon tea and even prison food on the menu. Along the way, well-known experts such as Professor Kate Williams and food historian Marc Meltonville will share riveting tales of food fit for a king, and challenge some common misconceptions about the impact of monarchs from the past on dietary tastes today.

 Sign up now at: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/royal-food

Georgian Chocolate
Georgian Chocolate
Roasting in Tudor Kitchen
Roasting in a Tudor Kitchen
Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace