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By Sarah Gordon

Culinary Comedy in Medieval French Literature specializes in the intersection of meals and humor throughout a number of medieval narrative genres. This publication is part of the Purdue reviews in Romance Literature sequence.

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Second, the thirteenth-century epigonous verse romance of the Vengeance Raguidel also includes the motif of the feast interrupted, among many other comic reversals of chivalric and courtly convention. Completely out of character, Gauvain is portrayed as imperfect throughout the romance of the Vengeance Raguidel, often acting against convention. In this less than perfect persona, he uses eating as an excuse not to fight, delaying a battle to chew a few more bites, as observed in the following chapter.

40 As a knight-errant, Jean often breaks bread with his gracious hosts. Later, he must defend chivalry and does so by throwing an elaborate feast. Elements of this didactic narrative are reminiscent of the twelfth- and thirteenth-century Perceval tradition. Though these first alimentary manuals are somewhat later than the works investigated by the present study, they give us some idea of menus and table manners that endured over time. In addition, such later texts show the continued development of the functions of food.

It recounts the tale of an inhospitable wife who invites a poor student for bread upon return from work at the mill and then refuses to make anything, saying she has nothing. The student has left Paris because of poverty and has had nothing to eat or drink since his departure from the city; he calls on fairly wealthy peasants for their hospitality. Though the wife denies the young man’s polite request for hospitality, later the husband returns and invites the student in. The student retells how he saw the rude wife buy pork and take delivery of wine and the servant make bread; this lavish shopping trip turns out to be unknown to the husband, as is the priest hiding in the cupboard (finally the reason for the deceit is revealed).

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