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Table Setting—Český Krumlov, Czech, Republic

The most common food at the medieval castle table was bread, coarse and unattractive. Bread was used to mop up the astonishing amount of grease used in medieval cooking of meats and vegetables. Therefore, hands and faces were covered in grease during meals. The Ewerer, a servant, brought heated water to the table for the nobles to wash their hands and faces during meals.

Everyone carried his or her own knife, the essential tool for eating. After the meal the knife was wiped clean and sheathed. There were no forks, only spoons were used.

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From Český Krumlov, Czech Republic