flǣsc-ǣt, m.n: flesh food, the eating of flesh.


Image from the British Library: Gerald of Wales explained that an Irish king-to-be must immerse himself in the broth of a slaughtered white mare, with which he has just had sexual intercourse. This image is of the kingship ritual in Tirconnell: the killing of the white mare, the bath of the king in a stew of mare’s meat, and eating of the meat by the king’s supporters! From Gerald of Wales’s Topographia Hibernica, England (Lincoln?), c. 1196 – c. 1223, Royal 13 B. viii, f. 28v.

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