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Artykuly luksusowe na stole krolewskim w poznosredniowiecznej Polsce
Luxury Products on the Royal Table in Late Medieval Poland

Author(s): Agnieszka Januszek-Sieradzka
Subject(s): History
Published by: Filosofický ústav Akademie věd České republiky, v. v. i., Praha
Keywords: Luxury Products; Spice; Medieval Cuisine; Jagiellon Monarchy; Late Medieval Poland

Summary/Abstract: In late Medieval Poland, and by analogy in all of Europe, luxury at the royal table was represented by the use of imported choice products that were accessible only to a selected few. Similar to jewels, valuable robes or articles of precious metals, these products were kept in the royal treasury. In addition to the obvious culinary impact (however limited it may have been) and alleged healing powers of certain spices, the choice products most certainly played their part in issues of prestige and propaganda. & e use of luxury products can be considered as an interesting indicator of change, particularly with respect to relations among the estates in late Medieval Poland. & e presence of such products at the table or in the diet was the very article that distinguished the royal court from other courts of the late Medieval Polish kingdom; at the same time, it brought them closer to contemporary courts of the rulers of west Europe.

  • Issue Year: 1/2009
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 259-273
  • Page Count: 15
  • Language: Polish