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The Dinner Book of the London Drapers' Company, 1564-1602 - London Record Society v. 53 (Hardback)
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The Dinner Book of the London Drapers' Company, 1564-1602 - London Record Society v. 53 (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 15/03/2019
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The Dinner Book offers rare evidence of a series of 36 dinners hosted by the London Drapers' Company between 1564 and 1602. At these events, new company leaders symbolically received corporate endorsement by participating in ceremonial set-pieces in front of an elite group of Company members and selected guests. All in attendance enjoyed lavish spreads of food and drink, carefully distributed to dinner guests to ensure honour and city hierarchies were upheld. As a compilation of incredibly detailed accounts for many consecutive years of corporate dining, the Drapers' Company Dinner Book is extraordinary. It records the organisation of the Company's dinners and the supply of items of food and drink, as well as the names of guests in the hall and employees in the kitchen. Food gifts sent out after the dinner are recalled comprehensively (which on one occasion consisted of 162 venison pasties). During this period, new trading corporations and accelerated city growth began to undermine the economic powerbase of the London guilds (livery companies). Dinner records indicate that livery companies in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries recognised the potential of their annual Election Dinners to reinforce the antiquity of corporate authority, inferring a mythical past as a means of legitimizing their stake in the future. This edition is presented with introduction and notes to the text. Sarah A. Milne is a Research Associate at the Survey of London, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. She is also a Lecturer in the History and Theory of Architecture at the University of Westminster.

Publisher: London Record Society
ISBN: 9780900952609
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 244 x 150 mm

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