IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1017: Norms and Practices: Food in Medieval Monastic Communities

Wednesday 6 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Laboratoire CNRS Cultures et Environnements: Préhistoire, Antiquité, Moyen Âge (UMR 7264), Université de Nice
Organiser:Émilie Perez, Université de Polynésie Française / Laboratoire Culture et Environnement, Préhistoire, Antiquité, Moyen Âge, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Moderator/Chair:Albrecht Diem, Department of History, Syracuse University, New York
Paper 1017-aA Bioarchaeological Approach to Monastic Dietary Behaviour in the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Émilie Perez, Université de Polynésie Française / Laboratoire Culture et Environnement, Préhistoire, Antiquité, Moyen Âge, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Émilie Perez, Université de Polynésie Française / Laboratoire Culture et Environnement, Préhistoire, Antiquité, Moyen Âge, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Index terms: Anthropology, Archaeology - Sites, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1017-bDiet in the Monastery of Sainte-Croix de Poitiers at the Time of Radegonde in the Second Half of the 6th Century
(Language: English)
Isabelle Réal, Laboratoire FRAMESPA (UMR 5136), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) / Université de Toulouse II - Jean Jaurès
Isabelle Réal, Laboratoire FRAMESPA (UMR 5136), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) / Université de Toulouse II - Jean Jaurès
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Hagiography, Monasticism, Religious Life
Paper 1017-cAdding to the Monks' Table: Daily Kitchen Expenses at Norwich Cathedral Priory, 1284-1329
(Language: English)
Harmony Dewez, Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (LAMOP - UMR 8589), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) / Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
Harmony Dewez, Laboratoire de Médiévistique Occidentale de Paris (LAMOP - UMR 8589), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) / Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Monasticism, Religious Life
Abstract

This session aims to discuss the dietary behaviour of medieval monastic communities through an interdisciplinary approach. Substantial written sources are available for these populations, such as the Rules of Life (regula), which defined the essence of their lifestyle and especially their dietary habits. However, these rules and discourses refer primarily to social norms, without informing us about the real practices, the lifestyle of the monks and the consequences on their health. In contrast, chemical analysis of bones can characterize the diet of past populations, through the development of stable isotopes analysis applied to archeology. The confrontation of these sources helps us to understand the dietary behaviour of monastic communities, between norms and practices.