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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

IMEMS-Blackfriars Public Lecture

Saturday 20 October 2018, 11:00, Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle, Dr Debby Banham

Saturday 20th October 2018, 11:00am, 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.

SPEAKER:

Dr Debby Banham (Newnham College, University of Cambridge)

LECTURE:

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: info@blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk

15th Blackfriars - IMEMS Lecture on Medieval Food and Culture

Saturday 20th April 2019, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Blackfriars Restaurant, Newcastle upon Tyne, Dr Fiona Whelan

Title: “Did manners maketh the medieval man? Etiquette at the twelfth-century dining table”.

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 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:info@blackfriarsrestaurant.co.uk

Past Lectures