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A Tower


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

A tower. If you wish to make a tower covered with linen dyed as if it were masonry, have 4 windows at the 4 corners of the tower. Have a likeness of Saracens and Moors seeming to fire at a wild man who would assail them. To make the wild man have a handsome man, tall and upright, clothed in a linen robe, hose and shoes all joined together, with the robe covered with [strands of] painted hemp. In the tower you need the figure of a young valet disguised as a wild boy. He should have some leather balls full of wadding or carded wool, dyed to resemble stones, for throwing at the wild man.

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Other versions of this recipe:

[The Swan Knight.] If you wish to make the Swan Knight in his right (Le Viandier de Taillevent)

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

A Lofty Entrement (Du fait de cuisine)

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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