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Maritime Fish and Fishing 1580-1660

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by Stuart Peachey
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Historical rabbit holes, for those who are inclined.

These slender booklets from Historical Management Associates are the work of an organization dedicated to historical re-enactment in the UK. They are written with a stickler’s attention to historical precision and a conviction that nothing is too arcane to investigate. Some of the books are simple transcriptions of period manuscripts; others represent significant original research, as in Cattle Farming and Grazing Management, which is 52 pages long but cites 36 sources, many of them published in the 17th century.

From the introduction:

"This book sets out to study the maritime fish, including those fish which spend part of their lives at sea and part in fresh water, and fishing methods used in England and by the English abroad with particular emphasis on the nature of the fish entering the food chain in England. It therefore also considers the methods of fish preservation such as salting and drying."

Sources are as diverse as "General Session of the Peace, Taunton, 25th June 1594," household account books from throughout the country, and a Navy victual contract from 1677 executed by Samuel Pepys.

Staplebound pamphlet. 84 pages.

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