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Today, we think of a picnic as a simple al fresco affair, a delicious spread eaten outdoors, preferably in a beautiful landscape.
But its origins are far grander and date back to 14th century England, where the earliest picnics were hugely elaborate medieval hunting feasts with hams, baked meats and pastries, served on long tables by an army of serfs. You will even find one depicted in the famous Bayeux tapestry.