Ox roasting at Stratford-upon-Avon Mop Fair
Scene showing an ox being roasted at the Stratford upon Avon annual Mop Fair, Warwickshire. Farm workers, labourers, servants and some craftsmen would work for their employer from October to October. At the end of the employment they would attend the Mop Fair dressed in their Sunday best clothes and carrying an item signifying their trade. A servant with no particular skills would carry a mop head hence the term Mop Fair. Employers would move amongst them discussing experience and terms, and once agreement was reached the employer would give the employee a small token of money and the employee would wear bright ribbons to indicate that they had been hired. The stalls at the fair sold food and drink, while others offered games to play.
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French Theatre -- La Condamnacion de Bancquet
La Condamnacion de Bancquet, a morality play against gluttony attributed to Nicolas (or Nicole) de la Chesnaye. Showing a plump man with a flask of red wine, a chicken on a spit, sausages and onions hung around his neck, and a bunch of vegetables at his belt. Date: early 16th century
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