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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

Event Archive

IMEMS/Blackfriars 15th Public Lecture: “Did manners maketh the medieval man? Etiquette at the twelfth-century dining table”.

20th April 2019, 11:00 to 13:00, Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle upon Tyne, Dr Fiona Whelan

Abstract: How different are we from those in the past? Or, how different do we think we are from those in the past? Medieval people were more ill-mannered, uncouth unhygienic than us – as novels, TV, and film would have us believe – but how much truth is there in this notion? This talk explores the etiquette around eating and drinking in medieval England, through the lens of the twelfth-century author named Daniel of Beccles.

Biography: Dr Fiona Whelan completed her DPhil in Medieval History at the University of Oxford in 2015. She has published widely on medieval codes of behaviour, in particular Urbanus magnus by Daniel of Beccles. Her research interests include the cultivation of norms of behaviour, food and diet in the medieval period, household administration, and the manuscript culture of early courtesy literature.

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 IMEMS members 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:info@blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk

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