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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 515: The Organisation, Logistics, and Practice of War, 1050-1500, I: Food and Health in War and Peace

Tuesday 5 July 2016, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Alan V. Murray, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Joanna Phillips, School of Law, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Andrew T. Jotischky, Department of History, Lancaster University
Paper 515-aReal Crusaders Don't Eat Quiche: The Portrayal of Food and Famine in First Crusade Sources
(Language: English)
Carol Elizabeth Sweetenham, Independent Scholar, Oxford
Index terms: Crusades, Language and Literature - Dutch, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 515-bWar and Peace: The Crusader's Diet in Arsur (Apollonia-Arsuf, Israel)
(Language: English)
Miriam Pines, Department of Archaeology & Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, Tel Aviv University
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Crusades, Daily Life
Paper 515-cFood as a Link between Contesting Parties: Negotiation and Peacemaking at the Table
(Language: English)
Yvonne Friedman, Department of History, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan
Index terms: Crusades, Politics and Diplomacy

The first in a series of linked sessions on the organisation, logistics from the 11th-15th centuries, this session will discuss issues of food, food supply, and health during the crusades and in the Crusader States. Carol Sweetenham's paper discusses the significance of food in sources for the First Crusade, and how the often symbolic depiction of food and eating in the contemporary sources may or may not reflect the importance of food to the crusaders themselves. Next, Miram Pines's paper analyses the contents of a cesspit excavated in the castle of Arsur, producing a case study of crusader diet in the mid-thirteenth century. Finally, Yvonne Friedman's paper explores the uses of food in negotiations in the Latin East, as a gift signalling the opening of negotiations and as part of safe-conducts and hosting guests.