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Marchpane revisited

January 14, 2011

As there has been quite a bit of interest in the article on marchpane I have  added a footnote to it, showing the new one that was made for the Tudor Christmas at Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich. It allowed me to play with my interest in the use of symbols and visual compliments during the medieval and Tudor periods. Nowadays life is comparatively bland, with the nearest comparison being in the use of logos and branding with which we associate products. However, in the past when literacy levels were proportionately lower, visual symbols held more significance and were found in the food of the wealthy as well as in art.

I hope it may provide a starting point for someone else to develop their ideas to make their own marchpane, perhaps to mark a birthday, wedding or christening.

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