Medieval Section lecture this coming Saturday, 2pm at Swarthmore: Iona McCleery of the University of Leeds will speak about fish eating in the Middle Ages. More details here. Iona’s summary:
‘Medieval people seem to have started to eat a lot of fish from the 11th century onwards (what archaeologists call the ‘fish event horizon’). This is usually explained as widespread adoption of strict Christian dietary rules and/or the development of deep sea fishing technology. However, from around the same time medieval medical writings began to view fish as unhealthy foodstuffs. This talk will explore the ambiguous role of fish in medieval culture, drawing in particular on medieval miracle narratives as sources for the complex relationships between medicine, spirituality and daily life.’
Also at Saturday’s meeting: Peter Lacey is also going to say something about the proposals to commemorate Saint Robert of Knaresborough in 2018.