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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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Civic Food Culture and the Guilds

Civic Food Culture and the Guilds

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(p.123) Chapter Seven Civic Food Culture and the Guilds
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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/9780300181913.003.0007

This chapter examines the use of food and drink for civic occasions and particularly in the life of the guilds that formed such an important component of the urban community. Food and drink created community, adding important elements to urban gatherings, and offering opportunities for entertainment, commemoration, and gift-giving to further the civic cause. The dignity of these occasions was employed to add to civic grandeur: among the participants might be found the leading members of a community. These activities were widespread across urban society, and giving food on many of these occasions was a customary practice and expectation. To this end, food had an important role at municipal meetings: drinking and, on many occasions, eating together added conviviality, common purpose, and an individual character to each event.

Keywords:   civic food culture, civic occasions, guilds, community, urban gatherings, urban society, drinking, municipal meetings

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