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[the swan Knight.] If You Wish To Make The swan Knight In His Right


This is an excerpt from Le Viandier de Taillevent
(France, ca. 1380 - James Prescott, trans.)
The original source can be found at James Prescott's website

[The Swan Knight.] If you wish to make the Swan Knight in his right, have 12 pieces of light wood, with the 4 uprights stronger than the others. Assemble everything and nail it very strongly. Have some lead sheets 3 feet in length and as much in width (you will need at least 2 or 3 sheets of lead). Make it in the shape of a little chest about a foot deep that can hold two or 3 buckets of water. Make a little skiff of glued parchment in which will be put the image of the Swan Knight.

You need the likeness of a little swan made of glued parchment covered with fine vair or white down. You need a little chain resembling gold hung from the swan's neck and attached to the skiff within the lead box. For the box attach 4 wheels to 4 [inverted] chevrons attached here and there. You need some linen dyed like waves of water. Nail it to the top of the box so that one does not see the men who will be underneath.

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Other versions of this recipe:

To make a fence out of butter (Das Kuchbuch der Sabina Welserin)

A Lofty Entrement (Du fait de cuisine)

A tower (Le Viandier de Taillevent)

An Entrement (Du fait de cuisine)

Lighter subtleties (Le Viandier de Taillevent)

To make the image of saint George and his virgin (Le Viandier de Taillevent)

To make the image of saint Marthe (Le Viandier de Taillevent)




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