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Early History

The earliest written references to a pasties lend credence to its origins in Cornwall, England.

In an Arthurian romance written for the Countess of Champagne in the mid-1100's, the author, Chretien de Troyes wrote, Next Guivret opened a chest and took out two pasties. "My friend," said he, "Now try a little of these cold pasties ..."

The setting of the romance was in an area that is today known as Cornwall, England.

Pasties are also spoken of in the Robin Hood ballads of the 1300's:

Bred on chese, butre and milk,
pastees and flaunes

Thys knight swolewed, in throte noght pering
More then doth a pastay in onen tryly


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It is said that the Devil never crossed the Tamar into Cornwall on account of the well-known habit of Cornish women of putting everything into a pasty, and the he was not sufficiently courageous to risk such a fate!


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