Mead Primary Sources

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Mead (sometimes: "meath") is a fermented, alcoholic beverage made primarily of water and honey.

There are many sub-types of mead with their own names:

a mead containing spices
a mead containing fruit
a mead containing vinegar

among others, some of which are period names (metheglin, melomel) and some are not (capsicumel).


Name Date Country Language English Translation Description Panels
Trossingen 58 Grave Find 580 CE Germany Archaeological, book in German This grave find contained a bottle with pollen grains indicating a mixed fermented beverage including honey. 6th Century CE Hopped Mead
The Closet of Sir Kenelme Digbie Kt. Opened 1669 CE England English (in English) Post-period, but likely based on period techniques. Comprehensive, and reasonably detailed. Contains a truly disgusting number of mead recipes. To Make White Mead

|- | Maison rustique, or The countrey farme [1] | 1564 CE | French | English Translation | A comprehensive text on running a country estate. There are Mead and Melomel recipes in chapter 70 |} |-