Lithuanian Culture Institute

HOW THE FUTURE KING OF ENGLAND ATE PEACOCK IN VILNIUS: the Shared Cultural, Political and Culinary History from Britain and Lithuania

The book “How the Future King of England Ate Peacock in Vilnius: the Shared Cultural, Political and Culinary History of Britain and Lithuania” introduces the reader to a relationship between two different cultural milieus – that of an exchange of ideas and knowledge, of influences made by certain personalities, and portrayals formed by tales and experiences. The main storyline giving the name to this book reminds us of one of the earliest contacts between Lithuania and the United Kingdom. It was the time when the future King of England Henry Bolingbroke brought his archery squad to Vilnius and took part in the Lithuanian rulers Vytautas and Jogaila’s struggle for the throne. Following the successful onslaught on the Crooked castle, the Grand Master of the Teutonic Order sent the future King some gifts: a bull, four rams and as many as two peacocks, which, it is thought, Henry’s cook prepared according to a popular at that time recipe. The 26 stories of the book overview various aspects of the Lithuanian-UK relations. Every story is followed by a relevant recipe and a photographic image of the dish.

The design of the book has received the main prize in the category Design Solutions of the ADrenalinas Advertising Festival as well as the Gold medal by “Balticbest”.

Authors, Editors

Rimvydas Laužikas, Antanas Astrauskas

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Darius Sužiedėlis


John Evans


135 p. + 26 cards of the recipe





Where to read?

Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania
Vilnius university Library
Wroblewskis Library of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences
Kaunas Country public Library
Culinary Heritage Museum of Lithuania
Rokiškis regional museum
Nacional Library of Latvia
Restaurant „Ertlio namas“

Where to buy:
“EUREKA!” book shop, S. Daukanto a. 2A, Vilnius
Vilnius University book shops „LITTERA“, Universiteto g. 5, Vilnius
“AKADEMINĖ KNYGA” book shop, Universiteto g. 4, Vilnius
“NARVESEN” book shop, Vilnius Airport, Rodūnios kl. 10A, Vilnius
“MO” museum, Pylimo g. 17, Vilnius