61)--indicates that the actor playing this part should wear the jester's traditional parti-colored motley, preferably with the coxcomb
hood and bells.
Then there was the matter of the coxcombs
, standing proudly on the plates of our fellow diners, resplendently fashionable and 'offally' in concept.
Giles Coren and Sue Perkins try out the cuisine of Restoration Britain in the 1660s, including such things as coxcombs
eel pie and small beer.
With a bewigged Sue resplendent in wide skirts and Giles in breeches, they feast on eel pie, coxcombs
and lashings of beer.
- that'll be the rubbery red bit on a rooster's head to you and me - and eel pie were the order of the day.
Each table was decorated with candles and floral arrangements of coxcombs
, red deer grass, hydrangeas, sprays of arborvitae, and magnolias.
To make a Chicken or Pigeon Pye," a recipe of some forty-seven lines of text in the culinary section ("Compleat Cook"), begins with a long list of ingredients and actions: "Take your Pigeons (if they be not very young), cut them into four quarters, [and take] one sweet-bread sliced the long way, that it may be thin, and the peeces not too big, one Sheeps tongue, little more then parboyl'd, and the skin puld off, and the tongue cut in slices, two or three slices of Veale, as much of Mutton, young Chicken (if not little) quarter them, Chick heads, Lark, or any such like, Pullets, Coxcombs
, Oysters, Calves Udder cut in peeces.
This led to some wonderfully-light comic moments, particularly when his group of English friends pretended to be preening coxcombs
at the Prince's masked ball instead of the daring fighters they were by night in France.
Nicely laid out, too: crisp white tablecloth, scarlet serviettes ruched until they looked like cockerel's coxcombs
It is therefore prudent to keep them within their proper sphere, suffering them only to bear sway over the prigs and coxcombs
and Smarts of the age, their natural and proper subjects.
All the commerce was centred on the periphery of the town; the centre was abandoned, and the few people that I did encounter in the streets were for the most part young, insolent-looking coxcombs
, with the stamp of the Wen of London very much imprinted on their manners.