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Cuisine and conquest: interdisciplinary perspectives on food, continuity and change in 11th-century England and beyond

Jervis, Ben; Whelan, Fiona; Livarda, Alexandra

Authors

Ben Jervis

Fiona Whelan

Alexandra Livarda



Contributors

Dawn M. Hadley
Editor

Christopher Dyer
Editor

Abstract

Multiple strands of evidence are combined to determine the impact of the Norman Con-quest on food culture. Diet is reconstructed from the analysis of zooarchaeological, archaeobotanical and ceramic evidence, as well as through an analysis of the 12th-century text Urbanus magnus. This text is then examined alongside the study of artefacts to reconstruct practices surrounding cooking and dining. The chapter concludes that the Norman Conquest did not have a clear and consistent impact on food culture. Whilst some changes, particularly to elite cuisine, can be related to Norman influences, others, such as an increase in fish consumption, are in fact indicative of longer-term trends. It is considered that the continuities and changes observed caused different experiences of the Conquest to be mediated through food, for some allowing new forms of elite, Norman, identity to emerge, whilst for others the consumption of familiar foods provided stability in a changing world.

Citation

Jervis, B., Whelan, F., & Livarda, A. (2017). Cuisine and conquest: interdisciplinary perspectives on food, continuity and change in 11th-century England and beyond. In D. M. Hadley, & C. Dyer (Eds.), The archaeology of the 11th century: continuities and transformations. Routledge

Acceptance Date Jan 2, 2017
Publication Date Feb 1, 2017
Deposit Date Aug 18, 2017
Publicly Available Date Aug 2, 2018
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Book Title The archaeology of the 11th century: continuities and transformations
ISBN 9781138201156
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/44984
Publisher URL https://www.routledge.com/The-Archaeology-of-the-11th-Century-Continuities-and-Transformations/Hadley-Dyer/p/book/9781138201156
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in The archaeology of the 11th century: continuties and transformations on 01.02.2017, available online: http://www.routledge.com/9781138201156

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