IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 1525: Festive Space: Preparing and Decorating the Extraordinary in the Middle Ages

Thursday 7 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Gerhard Ammerer, Zentrum für Gastrosophie, Universität Salzburg
Moderator/Chair:Gerhard Ammerer, Zentrum für Gastrosophie, Universität Salzburg
Paper 1525-aThe Festive Space in a Late Medieval Residence
(Language: English)
Michael Brauer, Zentrum für Gastrosophie, Universität Salzburg
Michael Brauer, Zentrum für Gastrosophie, Universität Salzburg
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Daily Life
Paper 1525-bPreparing a Feast
(Language: English)
Simon Edlmayr, Zentrum für Gastrosophie, Universität Salzburg
Simon Edlmayr, Zentrum für Gastrosophie, Universität Salzburg
Index terms: Administration, Daily Life
Abstract

Feasts are a ‘total social fact’ (Marcel Mauss) with economic, legal, political, and religious aspects. The present session will provide new insights on feasts by asking in which space(s) were feasts celebrated and which space did they create? First, the function of the Great Hall within a late medieval residence shall be determined. It allowed for the creation of a festive space opposed to everyday life for the guests. Second, the logistics behind great courtly feasts shall be examined. From providing and storing food to preparing meals all steps of the preparation process will be focused on – including organisation and the origin of ingredients.