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These meals consisted of breakfast at a very early hour to allow for dinner at about 9 a.m., or not later than 10.00 a.m., and supper probably before it got dark, perhas at 3.00 p.m. The times and number of meals were originally derived from the hours of devotions of the Church.
Monks ate the main meal of their day after the celebration of nones, which was nine hours after daybreak.
The time was only specified as a 'convenyent hower', although to break one's fast after devotions was the generally recommended procedure.
Earlier reference to breakfast sometimes meant dinner, literally, in these cases, the first meal of the day.
If you are studying the meal times of a specific place/people/period please let us know.Edward Prince of Wales (son of Edward IV) probably dined at 11.00 a.m...supped at 5.00 p.m.... Digestion, it was thought, is fortified by movement and the heat of the sun...authors, armed with a purified Galen and other Greek authors, promoted the larger "coena," or supper, at around six in the evening.The staggering of meals in large households, with the servants eating earlier than the lord..common." ---Food and Feast in Medieval England, P. Hammond [Wrens Park Publishing: Pheonix Mill] 1993 (p. They argued that distribution of humors and spirits, the third stage of digestion, is stronger during the day, but concoction is much stronger when the mind and body are at rest...A number of individuals, usually for religious reasons, chose to have only one meal a day.There may have been others whose meals were similarly limited from lack of resources, but we do not hear of them." ---A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Food: Processing and Consumption, Ann Hagen [Anglo Saxon Books:1992] (p.