The Uses of Food in Late Medieval Europe

The Uses of Food in Late Medieval Europe

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This lucid and original study examines the social history of food and its uses in late medieval Europe. It describes what was eaten, on what occasions, and by which social groups.The author examines the practical uses and symbolic meanings that were linked to certain foodstuffs, and describes how food was employed as a codified language by different social classes to denote and reinforce their status. It was, he argues, considered entirely natural for people in the late Middle Ages to eat according to their social position.Grieco goes on to analyse the ways in which food was transformed from a natural product into a 'cultural' one in order to make it fit for human use. He examines the use of domestic animals in human diet: the role of different meats in signifying social status, the use of fowl in ritual diets, the 'hierarchy' of fruit and vegetables, and the symbolism of food in late medieval art.
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  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745608361
  • 9780745608365