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Henry I of England is reputed to have died through eating a surfeit of this eel-like fish. What is it?

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Asked by anil garg, 03 Mar '12 11:02 am
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A surfeit of lampreys, of which he was excessively fond.
Answered by Anil K Chugh, 13 Apr '12 08:36 am

 
  
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Most royal families of England were particularly fond of lampreys, as it was considered a delicacy at the English Courts. The tradition was for the people to present the monarch with a lamprey pie every Christmas. Baked lampreys were cooked in a syrup inside the pie. When the crust was opened, the liquid was mixed with wine and spices, and then spooned onto slices of white bread in a dish warmed over a chafer or hotplate. The lamprey was then cut into "gobbets a thin as a groat," and placed on top of the bread and sauce.

The City of Gloucester, in token of their loyalty to the royal family, presented a lamprey pie annually at Christmas to the sovereign. This was sometimes a costly gift, as lampreys, at that season, are very rare. The custom was discontinued in 1836, except on the occasion of coronations, because of the cost.

1135 - King Henry I (1068-1135) of England was known for his lust of eating the lamprey and is reported to have died from a "surfeit of lampreys," as the chr ...more
Answered by Ataur Rahman, 03 Mar '12 11:04 am

 
  
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Food
Answered by Psycho, 03 Mar '12 11:02 am

 
  
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