In the Middle Ages, many European countries required those who obtained caviar to offer it to the sovereign. King Edward II of England(1284–1330) is one who gave such a decree. Even when and where the rules were not so strict, caviar was reserved for royalty. The Russian czars had the easiest access and so were historically the primary consumers.

In the Middle Ages, many European countries required those who obtained caviar to offer it to the sovereign. King Edward II of England(1284–1330) is one who gave such a decree. Even when and where the rules were not so strict, caviar was reserved for royalty. The Russian czars had the easiest access and so were historically the primary consumers.