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OM2 is an expanded and updated version of the original Orbis Mundi, covering the reality of Medieval European Life for Role Players.
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Putting Meat on the Table

Posted by Phillip McGregor (Creator)

Without going into exactly how much Meat each class of people in medieval times ate, consider how much of a meat animal they ate (or otherwise used) ...

Pretty much everything was consumed, one way or another.

They didn't just eat what we consider the prime (muscle) cuts and select internal organs (Kidneys or Liver), they ate the Brain, the Lungs, the Womb, the Testicles, the Intestines (as Tripe), Tails and Tongues, Snouts and Ears, Trotters and Knuckles and used other bits for food related purposes ... Intestines, Stomach and Bladder, for example, as sausage casings.

The Hides, of course, were used for leather or parchment (for writing on or as window panes) which required different methods of preparation, while the Bones and Horns were the medieval equivalent of modern plastics (and bones and other bits could be boiled down to make glue for industrial purposes), bristles were used for brushes of various sorts, wool and hair for cloth, sinew for Bowstrings.

Pretty much everything could be used ... which doesn't mean it always was in every instance.

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    1. Phillip McGregor 2-time creator

      While, yes, I may sometimes use Capital Letters where, arguably, they are not needed ... I can remember only five or six years ago when a 'Directive' (or 'directive', if you prefer) was handed down from the Department of Education or the Board of Studies telling us that the subjects were taught were no longer History, Science, Languages and the like but, instead, history, science or languages.

      It was roundly ignored as it went against everything we'd ever been taught ... only a few of the very youngest teachers occasionally followed the rule, even though they knew of it, because no one around them did ...

      I also often use Oxford Commas and, generally (but not always) non-US spelling and usage ... heck, Australian English (or 'australian english' as the Department would no doubt insist) doesn't always even use UK spelling or usage.

      So people tend to be hung not hanged and we have aluminium and sulphur not aluminum and sulfur ... though I would probably refer to program and programs rather than programme and programmes (even in teaching materials) ...

      Or, as my English/Grammar teacher used to say way way back in the 1960's, 'It's all part of life's rich tapestry' ...

    2. Douglas Bailey on

      Excellent stuff, though I hope the final book's text won't use Significant Capital Letters where none are needed.