gilded egg

No Easter story is complete without mention of eggs. Even in medieval times, they were an integral part of the day. Children took eggs to church to be blessed, tenants brought eggs to their lords (a hen tithe so to speak), and kings dispensed gilded eggs to their underlings and favorites. 

Records survive of the Countess of Leicester purchasing  eggs to distribute to her tenants in 1265. The number ranges from 1,000 to nearly 4,000.  Edward I of England is said to have distributed 450 eggs, many covered in gold leaf, on his last Easter in 1307.