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Thread #42119   Message #612569
Posted By: GUEST,Nicole
18-Dec-01 - 05:23 PM
Thread Name: WHY 4 & 20 Blackbirds baked in a pie?
Subject: RE: WHY 4 & 20 Blackbirds baked in a pie?
In regards to the comments about live birds flying out, I recall reading in one medieval chronicle describing a dinner in which "doves" (probably pigeons) were released from inside a dinner item, and all the "falcons" (probably also hawks and other hunting birds) nesting in the rafters swooped down and killed the doves -- for entertainment.

Ewwww. What a godawful mess.

I'm not sure if it's true: as valuable as hunting birds were, I have my doubts that they would be allowed to nest freely in the rafters.