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DOCUMENTS /. Accounts of Star Chamber Dinners, Ax the close of the
day's work in the Court of Star Chamber, the judges and clerk of
the court and, on some occasions, the solicitor and
attorney-general, dined at the public expense in the adjoining
dining-room commonly called the Inner Star Chamber. This custom
dated at least from the beginning of the reign of Henry VIII. Among
the Lansdowne collections in the British Museum are a number of
manuscripts which throw light on the menus and expenses of these
repasts and give some idea of what was regarded as a good dinner in
the sixteenth century. Although at different times the Court of
Star Chamber sat on different days of the wee)s until, in the reign
of Elizabeth, Wednesday and Friday became the customary Star
Chamber days, Friday seems always to have been a favorite day, and
in glancing over the elaborate bills of fare of some of the "
fishdays" a suspicion arises that a weakness on the part of the "
Lords of the Star Chamber" for the products of the sea may have had
something to do with the determination of the court days.'
Lansdowne MS. I, Art. 49, is an account of the expenses of
seventeen Star Chamber dinners " before Wolsey was Cardinal, 1509,"
to which is affixed, among other signatures, that of Wolsey as
Bishop of Durham. The total cost of these dinners was 35 os. 5d. In
Lansdowne MS. 69, Art. 6, is preserved " A note of the chardges of
dynners of a fleshday and a dynner on a fishday in the Starre
chamber" in the years 10, 13, 14, 15, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30 and 33
Henry VIII. The least expensive " fleshday" dinner, that of
Thursday, July 4, 30 Henry VIII., cost 305. 7d., but on Monday,
July 14, 14 Henry VIII., the expenses rose to 763. 4d., and on
Monday, May 4, 26 Henry VIII., when the ambassadors of Scotland
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