A while back, I had duck with red cherry-onion jam at a medieval restaurant. Allegedly, it was a historic recipe, originally prepared in 1445 for the wedding of one of René d’Anjou’s daughters.
As for background information that might help in the search, René d’Anjou had two daughters who survived to adulthood:
Yolande (2 November 1428 – 23 March 1483), married Frederick ΙΙ of Lorraine, count of Vaudemont, at Nancy in 1445;
Margaret (23 March 1430 – 25 August 1482), married King Henry VI of England, at Titchfield Abbey in Hampshire, also in 1445.
In conclusion, the dish could have been served at either daughter’s wedding. From the prominence of the grooms one might infer that Margaret’s wedding would more likely be referred to as the wedding of Henry VI rather than “of one of René d’Anjou’s daughters”, making Yolande’s wedding the slightly more likely candidate. Maybe the place of the weddings (Nancy vs. Titchfield Abbey, Hampshire), along with culinary traditions, can provide some more hints.
Does anyone have an idea where I can find the recipe, or where to start looking?