John Lydgate’s ‘Soteltes for the coronation banquet of Henry VI’
the entremet, a much more dramatic spectacle than that accompanying subtleties in England (see Bridget Henisch, Fast and feast: food
in medieval society [University Park: Pennsylvania State University
Press, 1976], 229).
13 Critical consensus has not determined whether these subtleties were
purely decorative or edible in nature; evidence suggests that some
were both decorative and edible, while others only decorative. See, for
instance, Anne Lancashire (London civic theatre: city drama and pageantry from Roman times to 1558 [Cambridge: Cambridge University
The wall texts of a Percy family manuscript and the Poulys Daunce of St Paul’s Cathedral
incorporation does not simply insist on embodied reading, but also widens
the readers’ embodied perspectives, which become informed both
by the didactic message of the texts, as well as by the servants
that pass through or by the rooms, intent on their work; the other
people using the spaces for edification, labour, or devotion; and
those who are not present, but absent, intent on other activities.
Consequently, the reader participates in the pageantry of life on the
Percy estate, whether they read at Leconfield or Wressle.
To read on the estates, and to read these verses