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IMEMS/Blackfriars 8th Public Lecture 'The Healthy Medieval Diet’

31st October 2015, 11:00, Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle, Dr Iona McCleery, University of Leeds.

IMEMS has a long-standing relationship with Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle and we are pleased to announce our 8th public lecture.

The event will start at 11am with tea and coffee; a suitably delicious medieval 3-course lunch will follow.

We are pleased to be able to offer a huge 40% early-bird concession rate of just £15 (usual price £25) to IMEMS members and friends whilst availability lasts.

This offer is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To book click here and enter the word STUDENT when prompted. Places are limited and this is a very popular event so book now to avoid disappointment.

If you have food allergies, you will need to contact the restaurant directly before booking: info@blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk

There are many myths about medieval food: lots of spices, too much meat, far too much feasting and fasting, no fruit and vegetables, frequent famine. This talk will try to dispel some of the myths by describing some typical foods and eating behaviours from the 14th and 15th centuries. Were medieval people more or less healthy than us? Did they listen to what their doctors had to say? How did poor people cope compared to the rich? The talk will start by exploring what we mean by ?healthy? and what it meant then. It will then go on to consider medieval methods of maintaining and restoring health through diet and consider to what extent these ideas were put into practice at all levels of society. 

Contact admin.imems@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.