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The Culture of Food in England 1200–1500$
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C. M. Woolgar

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300181913

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300181913.001.0001

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Food and Popular Mentalities

Food and Popular Mentalities

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(p.233) Chapter Twelve Food and Popular Mentalities
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The Culture of Food in England 1200–1500
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C. M. Woolgar

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300181913.003.0012

This concluding chapter argues that food and drink demonstrate important cultural links across society. Meals show tastes, patterns of eating and ways of behaviour; there were links to morality and religion, to commemoration and to aspiration, and to pleasure and enjoyment. Eating and drinking together connected men and women with each other in myriad ways. Moreover, food and its consumption provided a framework for society; it was a pattern shaped by religion, with its demands for abstinence and for conformity, from mealtimes to what was eaten. Indeed, it is through these insights into daily life and mentalities that one can see the importance of food, in all its associations, to late medieval people.

Keywords:   food, drink, culture, meals, food consumption, social framework, abstinence, medieval food culture

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