Luca Font’s decisive line interpreted the slaughterhouse and narrated the multitude of cattle through which the city was fed.

«Bread and wine and tasty meat of all kinds of quadrupeds flow into the city, as to a hold of all temporal goods. And it is to be noted, as I have diligently reckoned with some butchers, that on the days when Christians are allowed to eat meat, about seventy oxen are slaughtered in the city alone. How many pigs, sheep, rams, lambs, goats, and other four-legged animals, both wild and domestic, are slaughtered by the butchers, I think I shall be able to tell to those who have told me the number of leaves and blades of grass. There is also a great deal of wild and domesticated bipedal meat in the city: capons, hens, geese, ducks, peacocks, doves, pheasants, wild hens, turtle-doves, wild ducks, larks, partridges, quails, blackbirds and other birds, which satisfy the appetites of men at the table».

Posted on: 28 October 2021, by : Alessandro Ulleri