Your cheeky guide to the dynasty

A Pasty for the Wife?

A Cornish Pasty made by Warrens

Image via Wikipedia

I was feeling peckish in the worst way this morning and decided only a pasty would do. I headed to the pasty shop I’d just heard about over the weekend, The Pure Pasty, only to see that dreaded “Closed Mondays” sign on the door. Craving thwarted! Ah well, shall try again later in the week. (Should you need an English-food-item fix, gaze upon the lovely Pure Pasty pics on this blog.)

But as I poked around on their Web site and read some of their reviews, I noticed that Vienna Connection did a bit of Tudor name-dropping in their pasty background: “The earliest historical reference to pasties was in the time of King Henry VIII, when Anne Seymour asked they be made for her husband, the king.” 

Which wife was that? Anyway, I did a Google search and found this boast on pasty Web site after pasty Web site: “There’s a letter in existence from a baker to Henry VIII’s Jane Seymour, saying ‘Hope this pasty reaches you in better condition than the last one.’ ” 

Than the last pasty did? Than the last wife? Ah, the trouble with dangling modifiers! But I can’t find a reputable source that connects this tasty treat (which, for my fellow Americans, is pronounced PASS-tee) to any of Henry VIII’s wives, let alone Jane Seymour (nor Anne Seymour?).

What say you, Tudor fans and/or tasty treat fans? Rumor or the real thing?



  Lynn wrote @

Jane, Anne…what does it matter! The important thing is that PASTIES exist! My family is from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where Welsh and Cornish miners brought the pasty and made it a staple. I have no fonder memories than my grandmother’s pasties. Did I mention the raspberry dumplings that always followed?

Pasty shops still dot the highways and small towns of Michigan. I sure do miss them, living in Indiana.

  dewey wingate jr wrote @

i was found wondering when you said ann seymore after all i did n’t know ann seymore was a wife? but then i keep reading and it was explained , thank you . please keep tudors coming i can never get enough thaNK YOU

  dewey wingate jr wrote @


  Anne Barnhill wrote @

Well, I haven’t ever had a pasty, being from the South but wouldlove to try one. What is inside usually?

  Carole wrote @

When wives made pasties for their husbands to take to work, they were made with two sides. One side had meat, potatoes, vegetables, while the other side contained fruit. So the men while at work would have a meal. First the meaty side, then the sweet side.

They can also be made with cheese and onion, or basically whatever you want. For those in NYC you can get super ones at Myers of Keswick :)) It’s the only thing I miss about NYC – that and their shepherd’s pie 🙂

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

%d bloggers like this: