- Venysoun Any
of chase, especially deer, but not just that particular animal.
"A theef of venysoun, that hath forlaft" - The Physician's
"A theef of venysoun" is a poacher.
A sweet Italian wine, sometimes red but generally
the Italian vernaccia is a white wine.
"He drynketh ypocras, clarree, and vernage" - The Merchant's
"And eek another, ful of fyn vernage" - The Shipman's
- Voidë Wine
with cakes, dates, spices, figs, raisins, etc., served before retiring.
Medieval physicians advised that meals end with foods and drinks that
as an aid to digestion, and which would also cleanse the palate as well
as leaving the diner's breath sweet and clean. Strongly recommended
compounds of sugar and spices, such as the spice candies called
and mulled wines such as clarree
The voidë was served well after the day's main meal, just before
for the evening, and often consisted of a small serving table laden
wine, small spiced cakes & candies, etc. Such a before-bedtime
would also encourage a comfortable sleep with pleasant dreams.
"The voidë dronke, and trawers drawe anon" - Troilus
- Volatyl A
"And volatyl, as ay was his usage." - The Shipman's
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