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Friday, April 8, 2016

MARAVEDÍ (MRS) AN IBERIAN COIN USED AS A WEIGHT MEASURE IN NOLA'S RECIPES



1827 8 maravidi obverse
Photo from: Numismatic Bibliomani. . .
maravedí (mrs), OCast morabiti, moravedí (of the Moor), Ar. mitqál, (1/8 oz. gold or 1 gold dram), Eng maravedi. A Moroccan coin introduced by the Almovide Dynasty in Spain (1056-1147). Alonso VII promoted its use in Castile and Alfonso X established it in 1252 as a Castellan coin. It lasted until 1869, when Isabel II was in exile.

It had various values at different times and in different countries and districts within the Iberian Peninsula. It was made of metals of various qualities including copper, silver and gold and had different weights.

1827 8 maravidi reverse
Photo from: Numismatic Bibliomani. . .
In 1497 the law established that one mrs equaled three blancas, but in Nola’s recipe for blancmange (Manjar blanco), he states that ‘8 dineros of sugar are 12 mrs.’ This makes it obvious that the law of 1497 was not applicable at the time Nola’s recipes were recorded. As result, it is impossible to judge most quantities of spices and other ingredients when the price is given due to the varying weights and monetary values. It has been calculated that Nola is calling for 1/6 oz. See blanca, dinero and dracma. [ES: Carroll-Mann. Guisados 2-art. Jun 6, 01:111:glos; ES: Literatura. Jul 2, 04; Covarrubias. 1998:788-789; Nola. 1989:xiiii-2:xiiii-5:xl-3 etc; and Nola/Pérez. 1994:202] 

For recipes calling for maravidis see blogs:

Adarme published October 23, 2010, recipe “Blancmange.”
Estube published published June 18, 2014 recipe “Blancmange.”
Agalura sauce published October 23, 2010, recipe “Agalura Sauce”
Almuestra published September 1, 2011, recipe “Venetian Xinxanella”
Arienco published September 11, 2011, recipe “Rocket Sauce





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