Anglo-Saxon royals were largely vegetarian

Despite their high status, Anglo-Saxon royalty didn’t regularly feast on copious amounts of meat and…

Despite their high status, Anglo-Saxon royalty didn’t regularly feast on copious amounts of meat and fish. Rather, these medieval rulers dined primarily on vegetables, just like the commoners they ruled over, according to two new studies.  

In fact, social hierarchy did not have any bearing on the amount of meat consumed; both royalty and peasants chowed down on large amounts of meat only occasionally, the research revealed. It wasn’t until the Vikings settled in what is now the United Kingdom in the ninth century and onward that meat became more common on the menu, the team reported.