In 1526 the first version of the Eltham Ordinance was written to set out the running and operation of the Household of King Henry VIII, including the day to day running of the Court and of the Kitchens that cooked for around four hundred people twice a day.
What do these regulations tell us about life cooking for the Court of Henry VIII and how does this information compare to the physical evidence left by his surviving Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace?
Richard Fitch has managed the Historic Kitchens of Hampton Court Palace since 1992 and led the research and reconstruction efforts of the Kitchens on behalf of Historic Royal Palaces.
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