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Food, eating and identity in early Medieval England / Allen J. Frantzen.

Author/creator Frantzen, Allen J., 1947- author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Woodbridge ; New York : The Boydell Press, 2014.
Descriptionxi, 290 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Anglo-Saxon studies, 1475-2468 ; v. 22
Anglo-Saxon studies 22. 1475-2468 ^A691504
Contents 1. The symbolic world of food -- 2. Food knowledge: texts, feasts, and objects -- 3. Food words and Old English genres -- 4. The quernstone -- 5. Pots for cooking and storage -- 6. Food objects in iron -- 7. Food objects in wood -- 8. Food officers in handbooks of penance -- 9. Laws, food, and settlement change -- 10. Fasting and the Anglo-Saxon "fish event horizon" -- 11. Conclusion: Anglo-Saxons at the table.
Summary "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 archaeological and textual evidence to show how words and implements associated with food contributed to social identity at all levels of Anglo-Saxon society. It also looks at the networks which connected fields to kitchens and linked rural centres to trading sites. Fasting, redesigned field systems, and the place of fish in the diet are examined in a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary inquiry into the power of food to reveal social complexity." --Back cover.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 259-278) and index.
LCCN 2015302895
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