Market List of a Noble Family's Footman

Market List

  • Apples (2 pounds) red and green
  • Eggs (a dozen)
  • Flour, 1 sack
  • Honey (from Bannes if possible)
  • Milk, 2 bottles
  • 1 pound of butter, or lard if none available
  • thyme, sage, chives
  • 2 chickens, plucked
  • 1 sack of potatoes
  • Spinach, 2 bunches
  • Carrots, 2 pounds
  • Sweets for the young miss
    This written shopping list was found discarded by the roadside in Cirranne's market district, likely having served its purpose.   While such a list is not uncommon, pre se, it says something about the person carrying it. If not write, they can at least read it. Thus it can be deduced that the servant sent on this errand belongs to a family able to educate their staff in reading and writing. Although legible, the list is far from neat, which tells us that the person who composed it did not have the skill, or simply did not care to write properly.   As for the contents of the list, it is clear to see that the owner of the list was making preparations for a meal of some size - perhaps for a large family or a small gathering. A family is the more likely scenario as the meal, while perfectly fine, is not fit for a noble gathering. This is futher supported by the last item: Sweets for the young miss - a youngest daughter, perhaps the favourite of the footman or the person who wrote the list.   Based purely on the contents of the list, one can see plans for a main meal of chicken with vegetables and a dessert, most likely apple pie or cake. The most notable item on the list is honey from Bannes, a delicacy which comes at a premium due to its unique flavour and fine texture.

Purpose

A shopping list serving as a reminder for a footman on an errand to the market.
Market list by Sofi Hjalma
Type
Record, Memo
Medium
Paper
Authoring Date
3/7, 1432 CE
Location


Cover image: Vanelle by Sofi Hjalmarsson

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