That accounts for the boarded up places you were seeing.
The chief Lenten food from the earliest days was fish, and entries in the royal household accounts of Edward III.
Other accounts of his death are: that he killed himself from grief at the failure of his journey to Hades; that he was struck with lightning by Zeus for having revealed the mysteries of the gods to men; or he was torn to pieces by the Maenads for having abandoned the cult of Dionysus for that of Apollo.
The conqueror also intended to open up trade by sea between Europe and India, and the narrative of his general Nearchus records this famous voyage of discovery, the detailed accounts of the chief pilot Onesicritus being lost.
From the 9th to the 13th century intelligent Arab travellers wrote accounts of what they had seen and heard in distant lands.