Coronation of James II by Francis Sandford
The coronation banquet of James II, held on 23rd April 1685 was one of the many events held in Westminster Hall. An illustrated commemorative book by Francis Sandford, a small extract from which is showsn here, provides a remarkable insight into the day's events, including the seating plan and words of the ceremony itself. An extensive menu was served to the guests, whilst spectators looked on from galleries above the tables.
A list of the 1145 dishes consumed by the abundance of guests at the banquets is one of the highlights of the volume. On the menu can be found ducklings, sweet meats, jellies and blancmange.