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The Honours of the Table, John Trussler's 1788 etiquette guide, offers a fascinating insight into what went on round the Georgian dining table.

13th October, 2012
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A woodcut of a hare from The Honours Of The Table.

Life is too short to worry about the right way to carve a hare, but The Honours of the Table, John Trussler's 1788 etiquette guide (with woodcuts by John Bewick), offers not only advice for the hostess, but a fascinating insight into what went on round the Georgian dining table.

Thus we learn of the new 'promiscuous' mode of seating, ie, "gentlemen and ladies sitting alternately round the table", and that "eating quick or very slow...

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