IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1519: Feasting and Fasting in Anglo-Saxon England

Thursday 7 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Daniel Thomas, Wadham College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Daniel Thomas, Wadham College, University of Oxford
Paper 1519-aHigh Feasts in Late Anglo-Saxon England and Later Based on Calendar Evidence
(Language: English)
Kazutomo Karasawa, Department of English & American Literature, Komazawa University, Tokyo
Kazutomo Karasawa, Department of English & American Literature, Komazawa University, Tokyo
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Liturgy, Religious Life
Paper 1519-bEmber Days in Anglo-Saxon England
(Language: English)
Helen Appleton, St Hilda's College, University of Oxford
Helen Appleton, St Hilda's College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Old English, Religious Life
Paper 1519-cAbundance and Famine in Anglo-Saxon Prognostics
(Language: English)
Marilina Cesario, School of Arts, English & Languages, Queen's University Belfast
Marilina Cesario, School of Arts, English & Languages, Queen's University Belfast
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Old English, Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
Abstract

The papers in this session explore both the realities of feasting and fasting in Anglo-Saxon England, and the ways in which such actions were conceptualised in this period. In doing so, the papers examine a range of Anglo-Saxon liturgical, homiletic, and prognostic texts, placing them within a broader European context and considering their literary, cultural, and historical significances. As such, this session forms part of a new project examining feasting and fasting in secular and religious contexts in Northern Europe in the early medieval period.