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Royal Food and Feasting

I’m proud to announce that I have received a certificate of achievement for completing the course A History of Royal Food and Feasting from the University of Reading’s Department of History and Historic Royal Palaces through FutureLearn.  This fascinating five-week course examined the history of royal food during the reigns of five English monarchs.  It included behind-the-scenes explorations of palaces closely associated with each monarch: Henry VIII and Hampton Court Palace; Elizabeth I and the Tower of London; George I and Hampton Court Palace (particularly the addition added by William and Mary); George III and Kew Palace; and Queen Victoria and Kensington Palace.

The course, led by professor and author Kate Williams, covered royal dining customs, history, social roles, and changes in food and cooking techniques during the five reigns.  Course materials included video presentations from food historians, food scientists, and Historic Royal Palaces curators.  The presentations included demonstrations on the preparation of authentic period recipes which course participants recreated in their own homes.

The knowledge I gained through this course will add new insights to my presentations.  If you’re interested in having me speak, check out the list of topics I cover.  My program on Queen Victoria is an excellent companion piece to the eight-episode television series Victoria starring Jenna Coleman, which will begin airing on PBS in January 2017.

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