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i was wondering if you could possibly help me with a question i am doing for my year 8 history assignment. i have searched the internet dozens of times and still i can't find the answer. can you please help me!!

the question is; how are guests seated when they come for dinner?

i really apreachiate that you are taking the time to read this!

thanks from


deborahknowlesI hope I can help! The most important people present, the king if there, or nobles, sat at a high table 'above the salt'. This table was always served first. he other tables 'below the salt' would be served afterwards and consisted of the more ordinary people. The people at the high table would receive the best dishes.The high table was carefully set out with a clean linen tablecloth, trencher bases (like plates), pottage and drinking bowls, salt, jugs, and if the household was wealthy, fine glasses.Table manners were v important. there were no forks in those times. The high table was actually raised ona platform so the king, or whoever, could look down on his subjects! Good luck!
PaulHi all_star_.94, If I may add to Deborah's fine answer to your question.
Table seating really depended upon the class structure that is still evident in modern government and monarchy.
The most important people would be seated at the highest table.
Trenchers were a thick slice of bread onto which the meal would be served with the gravy and juices of the meat being soaked up into the bread.
Sounds good to me.
No dishes to wash!



I CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH! I WAS SO EXCITED WHEN I RECIEVED THE EMAIL THAT SOMEONE HAD REPLIED. living in australia ment that i sent the post in australian day time.. only to reilise that i sent it late at night here!!

thanks so much.. you guys are life savers!

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PaulThats what we are here for.


deborahknowlesGlad to have been of help!

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