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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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IMEMS/Blackfriars 14th Public Lecture: The Early English Bread project: the making and meaning of bread in early medieval England

20th October 2018, 11:00, Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle upon Tyne

IMEMS has a long-standing relationship with Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle and we are pleased to announce our 14th public lecture on medieval food.

The event will begin at 11.00 am and will be followed by a suitably medieval 3 course set lunch served communally.


Dr Debby Banham (Newnham College, University of Cambridge)


Debby's talk will talk us back to the early Middle Ages, and questions about the most basic of commodities - bread.

The Early English Bread project: the making and meaning of bread in
early medieval England

Professor Martha Bayless and Dr Debby Banham spent the academic year 2016–17 investigating the ways that bread was made in England before the Norman Conquest, and the ways that people thought about it at the time.
Although there were many questions they couldn't find answers to, they did conclude that bread was very, very important in early medieval England. In fact, without bread, there probably wouldn't have been much England for the Normans to conquer. In this talk, Debby will share some of the most interesting and intriguing results of the project.

To book click here - Places are limited and this is a very popular event so book now to avoid disappointment. A discount code applies for students and academics wishing to attend this event. Please use the discount code STUDENT when booking.

If you have food allergies, you will need to contact the restaurant directly before booking:

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