How the Tudors invented breakfast

In the Middle Ages, the nation that was to give the world the full English widely skipped breakfast. Yet, by 1600, a culinary non-entity had become a key part of our daily routine. Why the change? Ian Mortimer investigates

This 14th-century miniature shows men enjoying a glass of red wine. Alcohol features prominently in medieval and Tudor accounts of breakfast. (DeAgostini/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the April 2013 issue of BBC History Magazine

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