I'm always sad that these catalogues of popular anticlericalism fail to mention James Clavell's bestselling Shogun, which luridly shows its Jesuit villain feasting on capon in one important scene.
Tip the boy who brings you a stuffed capon and a jug of mead and your coins say, ‘I am richer than you.’
I do not have a family so turkey is too much - you can't get a good capon for love nor money and chicken is something I eat regularly, so not special enough.
Its ingredients would have included rabbits, pigeons, partridges, a hare, a pheasant, a capon and the livers of all these animals, along with eggs, pickled mushrooms, dried fruit and spices.
There were anchovies, carp, caviar, crab, crayfish…, bacon, beef, brains, calf's head, capon , all the way to venison.
This wine was a perfect choice for the main course, a combination of capon and lamb loin, topped on pumpkin and potato galette, accompanied with a red port wine reduction.
One peer at least tied a capon in his handkerchief and tossed it up to his famished family.
Although some references explain its etymology as being from old French hutaudeau, meaning a pullet (a young hen), the derivation was in fact hétoudeau or hétourdeau which was a capon (a fattened cock fowl).
She might filet him on the spot and turn him into a stuffed capon !
‘And…’ the rooster-in-charge continues, ‘each one of us will now be a capon without even being castrated.’