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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

MANUTERGIOS, -IAS MEDIEVAL RITUALS FOR DINERS' TO CLEAN HANDS


Hemp Cloth Surnap
Photo by: Lord-Williams






manutergios, -ias, (10th C. ‘for clean hands’), frazalegas (14th C), OLeon fazelelias sábanos (10th C. Leonese, burlap or hemp cloth), Eng. surnap, hand towel for diners, used to dry hands after washing them before and after each meal. It was not used during the meal. See salva de los aguamaniles, toallas and toallas de manjar.  [Alonso Luengo. 1994:47; Gázquez. Cocina. 2002:42; Pacho.1994:149; Sánchez-Albornoz. 2000:130:146:193 etc; and Sass. 1975:29]

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