IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1515: From the Field to the Table: The Circulation of Foodstuff in Europe and the Mediterranean in the Later Middle Ages, I

Thursday 7 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Flávio Miranda, Instituto de Estudos Medievais, Universidade Nova de Lisboa / Centro de Investigação Transdisciplinar: Cultura, Espaço e Memória, Universidade do Porto
Moderator/Chair:Thomas Heebøll-Holm, Institut for Historie, Syddansk Universitet, Odense
Paper 1515-aExotic Fruits as Normal Diet: The Import and Consumption of Rice, Figs, and Raisins in the Hanseatic
(Language: English)
Carsten Jahnke, Saxo Instituttet, Københavns Universitet
Carsten Jahnke, Saxo Instituttet, Københavns Universitet
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Maritime and Naval Studies
Paper 1515-bMediterranean Flavours in Northern Markets: The Export of Portuguese Olive Oil and Wine in the 14th and 15th Centuries
(Language: English)
Flávio Miranda, Instituto de Estudos Medievais, Universidade Nova de Lisboa / Centro de Investigação Transdisciplinar: Cultura, Espaço e Memória, Universidade do Porto
Flávio Miranda, Instituto de Estudos Medievais, Universidade Nova de Lisboa / Centro de Investigação Transdisciplinar: Cultura, Espaço e Memória, Universidade do Porto
José Miguel Zenhas Mesquita, Departamento de História, Universidade do Porto
José Miguel Zenhas Mesquita, Departamento de História, Universidade do Porto
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Maritime and Naval Studies
Paper 1515-cIn a Haste for Better Taste?: Continuity and Change in Late Medieval and Early Modern Food Matters - Bruges
(Language: English)
Inneke Baatsen, Centrum voor Stadsgeschiedenis, Universiteit Antwerpen
Inneke Baatsen, Centrum voor Stadsgeschiedenis, Universiteit Antwerpen
Index terms: Economics - Urban, Social History
Abstract

Although travel was much slower and more difficult in the Middle Ages than it is today, one would still be able to find Asian spices in Venice, Bordeaux wine in London, and Iberian figs in Hamburg. But why did merchants travel thousands of miles for buying and selling foodstuff? What type of products would they negotiate and how were they transported? How eager would late medieval Europeans be for exotic foodstuff? Was there any ‘flavour revolution’ in late medieval Europe or was that only a consequence of the late 15th-century oceanic expansion? This session will discuss these and other questions by looking at examples from the Mediterranean, Atlantic, and Baltic worlds in order to put forward an overview of food trade, culture and consumption in the late Middle Ages.