How to Picnic, 1387

lush illumination of medieval hunters eating in field with dogs Getty MS 27, f. 60v (1430-1440)

The place where the assembly will be held should be a beautiful green meadow, with beautiful trees all around, well separated from one another, and a clear fountain or some running water… And they should spread out towels and cloths everywhere on the green grass, and put out various meats in great abundance according to the power of the lord. And some people should eat sitting, some standing, some resting on their elbows; and some people should drink, some should laugh, perform and tell stories and play, and in short all the festivities and delights.

Gaston Phoebus, Livre de chasse

Picnic success checklist:

  • well separated trees
  • abundant meats
  • elbow resters
  • designated drinkers