Marlborough Literature Festival 2018 Events
27 – 30 September
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Annie Gray – The Greedy Queen
October 1, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm£10
By the end of her reign Queen Victoria had a 45” waist and was less than 5ft 1” tall – a ‘black blob’. This was not a woman who didn’t like food. This was a woman who really could eat for England, and did, as revealed by Annie Gray in her new book, The Greedy Queen: Eating with Victoria.
Food is a brilliant way to get under the skin of past societies. Everyone eats, and the choices we make reflect who we are and what we believe – that’s as true for the Victorians as it is for us today. By exploring what was eaten by whom, how it was cooked and how it was consumed, we can shed light on everything from malnutrition among the poor, to the innermost workings of the country house.
Annie Gray specialises in the history of food and dining in Britain from around 1600 to the present day. She conducts her research both in libraries and in kitchens (her own and other people’s). She also talks a lot! These skills have been combined for a career encompassing writing, public speaking, demos and workshops, working in costume and consultancy. She regularly appears on Radio 4’s The Kitchen Cabinet and BBC2’s Victorian Bakers.