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University of Reading

A History of Royal Food and Feasting

University of Reading via FutureLearn

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Explore the history of royal food through the tastes of five key monarchs.

From the Tudors to the 20th century you’ll join expert historians, curators and food scientists from the University of Reading and Historic Royal Palaces, and indulge in the changing tastes of successive generations of royalty and experience the splendour of their palaces. We’ll take an intimate look behind the scenes at some of the most incredible palaces in England; Henry VIII at Hampton Court Palace, Elizabeth I at the Tower of London, George I at Hampton Court Palace, George III at Kew Palace and Victoria at Kensington Palace.

This course is intended for anyone with an interest in history, food and food science. It doesn’t require any reading before you start or previous experience of studying the subject.

Taught by

Kate Williams


4.7 rating, based on 6 Class Central reviews

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  • Linda Saalman
    I really enjoyed this class -- it's fun. Loved the way it made use of multiple experts and historic venues, including a range of presenters and graphic designers; created a nice platform for people who wanted to actually try recipes while still enco…
  • Natrina
    This course is certainly one of the courses I most enjoyed taking. The history, the cooking and the activities (you were supposed to use recipes to cook and post pictures of your attempts to replicate old dishes) were very engaging and interesting. It's a pity I didn't take the course before visiting the U.K., but I've certainly added a few places to visit next time I'm around.
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