Netting to capture birds and small game.
Medieval people ate a variety of birds avoiding only those that fed on carrion. Particularly prized were swans and just fledged cuckoos, but the list is long and included thrushes, starlings, blackbirds, pheasants, and larks. For the wealthy, the birds were sought-after delicacies while for the poor, a welcomed source of hard-to-obtain protein.
A medieval recipe for a stew made of small birds.
In Europe and around the world, small birds are still delicacies for the rich.
Learn more about what medieval people ate in my novel, The Viscountess and the Templars.
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