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

Jervis, Ben and Whelan, Fiona and Livarda, Alexandra (2017) Cuisine and conquest: interdisciplinary perspectives on food, continuity and change in 11th-century England and beyond. In: The archaeology of the 11th century: continuities and transformations. Routledge, London, pp. 244-262. ISBN 9781138201156

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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.

Item Type: Book Section
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
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2017 14:11
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 07:59
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/44984

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