On the Seventh day of Christmas
My true love gave to to me, seven swans a swimming …
Roast swan was a favored dish at feasts in the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Swans have been the property of the Crown since around the twelfth century, going into law in 1482. Currently, Great Britain’s royals are still allowed to eat swan, as are the fellows of St. John’s College of Cambridge, but due to changes in sentiment, no longer do. Apparently they taste like wild duck.
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