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Illustration: Medieval European Butcher
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Illustration: Medieval European Butcher

Medieval Illustration of a European Butcher

Medieval Illustration of a European Butcher

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source: Wikimedia Commons
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A colorful illustration depicts a medieval slaughterhouse. A butcher prepares pork for a waiting customer while two others slaughter a boar. Various cuts of pork, including a whole boar, hang in the background.


Illustration: 14th century AD


This illustration of a medieval slaughterhouse was scanned from a copy of Tacuinum Sanitatis, a medieval Arab-European handbook on health and nutrition. Here, several butchers in a slaughterhouse can be seen preparing boar.

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