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Food, Eating and Identity in Early Medieval England

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Food in the Middle Ages usually evokes images of feasting, speeches, and special occasions, even though most evidence of food culture consists of fragments of ordinary things such as knives, cooking pots, and grinding stones, which are rarely mentioned by contemporary writers. This book puts daily life and its objects at the centre of the food world. It brings together arc ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 15th 2014 by Boydell Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Jim Erekson
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved how Frantzen pulled together the research to paint a picture of what everyday eating would have been like. The detailed history of little things like apples and pears was detailed and well-sourced. A terribly boring book if you're not really wondering about these things. But if you ARE wondering about what it was like to eat in medieval times this book gets right down to business.
Jenny Boyce
May 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really struggled reading this book, especially the first chapter or two. The writing was just too academic and challenging to process for me to really enjoy this book.

The subject matter of Food, Eating and Identity in Early Medieval England is fascinating. While you hear a lot about the literature of that period, not much is truly known about the basis of the average persons life. This book goes through and illustrates the tools that the average citizen would use and some of the food they migh
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Abby
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it
First off, despite the title this isn't a book about food but a book about the tools used to make food in Anglo-Saxon England, and what they can tell us about everyday life around food considered from a legal, literary, and archaeological standpoint. It all starts with the question of an Anglo-Saxon spoon, and how it acquires not symbolic meaning but practical weight through use. In a way, he's modifying Bourdieu's habitus, although he says he's not. in that vein, his study is about what the spo ...more
Heather Jones
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
A book, not so much on food per se but on the equipment, context, nomenclature, and practices around food. This is not a comprehensive and systematic study, but more a series of academic meditations on specific topics: literary descriptions of feasts and the artifcacts that can be associated with them; food vocabulary and word-lists; querns and pots; food in the laws; fasting and fish. The majority of the book has a very practical, material focus and is concerned first with description and only ...more
Rita Hernandez
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it
I admit that I thought this book would be a little more about food. It is mostly about equipment, context, nomenclature, and practices and is more academic than book.Not that it wasn't an interesting read I was just hoping to learn a little more about the food. This is the perfect book for the historian r history lover in your life. It is full if information that many will find interesting.

I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
Jenny
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: medieval, netgalley
Excellent. , informative very academic.
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