Talks and Lunches

Medieval Food and Culture

The Blackfriars – Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies bi-annual series of talks and themed lunches.

The Blackfriars / Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies lectures and lunch series has been running since 2012. Every May and November we gather at Blackfriars for a talk and a suitably-themed lunch. This November sees our seventeenth such gathering . The talks have ranged from local interest and the history of the priory, to etiquette across medieval society, literary depictions of Viking feasting, the curious links between dining and bathing, the science of food and taste, and what peasants, hermits, and religious societies ate. Lunches offer the opportunity for the Eat Medieval team to explore new dishes with the chefs and new interpretations of the recipes. Cutting-edge research for public consumption! 

‘Really changed my perceptions of what and how food was eaten in the past.’

Coming to these lectures has made a big difference to my understanding of the Middle Ages: great to hear the experts and have some fun too.’

‘Sampling new recipes while learning about the past is a brilliant way to spend a Saturday lunchtime.’

Feedback from regular attendees

Previous Talks and Speakers

Giles E. M. Gasper & Andy HookEat Medieval: Heritage and Hospitality, Medieval and Modern
Fiona WhelanDid manners maketh the medieval man? Etiquette at the twelfth-century dining table
Debby BanhamThe Early English Bread Project: the Making and Meaning of Bread in Early Medieval England
Adrian GreenBlackfriars and the Newcastle Craft Guilds
Giles E. M. Gasper The Science of Food in the Middle Ages: Taste, Pleasure and the Senses
Christian LiddyCommon Rights and Natural Resources: the 1217 Charter of the Forest in Historical Perspective
Daniel NewmanFood of the Arabian Nights: An Introduction to Medieval Arab Cuisine
Elizabeth ArchibaldDining and Bathing for Health
Iona McCleeryThe Healthy Medieval Diet
Eleanor BarracloughA Feast of Trolls: Feeding, Fighting and Fornicating with the Trolls of Nordic Folklore
Peter BrearsEttiquette in the Middle Ages
Andrew JotischkyA Hermit’s Cookbook: Monks, Food and Fasting in the Middle Ages
John ClayHorses for Courses: Food and Faith in Early Medieval Times
Chris WoolgarCooking and the Peasantry Ate in Late Medieval England
Michael PrestwichCastles and their Food
Giles E. M. GasperEggs Benedict, Monks and their Food

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