Food & Drink
Production, Processing, Distribution
The two earlier books A Handbook of
Anglo-Saxon Food and A Second Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Food &
Drink have been brough together in one volume. This provides
a vast amount of information in 512 pages.
A picture is provided of how food was grown, conserved, prepared
and eaten during the period from the beginning of the 5th century
to the 11th century.
Food production for home consumption was the basis of economic
activity throughout the Anglo-Saxon period and ensuring access
to an adequate food supply was a constant preoccupation. Used
as payment and a medium of trade, food was the basis of the Anglo-Saxons'
system of finance and administration. Information from literary
and archaeological sources has been brought together for the first
time to give insights into this important aspect of Anglo-Saxon
The west of Britain is also covered.
An extensive index enables the reader to quickly find specific
£25 512 pages
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The Mead Hall
The feasting tradition in Anglo-Saxon England
Communal meals were an important
part of Anglo-Saxon society. They were enjoyed by nobles and yeomen,
warriors, farmers churchmen and laity. Some of the feasts were
informal communal gatherings (gebeorscipe) while others were formal
ritual gatherings (symbel).
Using the evidence of Old English texts - including the epic Beowulf
and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, Stephen Pollington shows that
the idea of feasting remained central to early English social
traditions long after the physical reality had declined in importance.
The words of the poets and saga-writers are supported by a wealth
of archaeological data dealing with halls, settlement layouts
and magnificent feasting gear found in many early Anglo-Saxon
graves. Three appendices:
• Hall-themes in Old English verse;
• Old English and translated texts;
• The structure and origins of the warband.
24 illustrations .
Tastes of Anglo-Saxon England
These 46 easy to follow recipes will enable
you to enjoy a mix of ingredients and flavours that were widely
known in Anglo-Saxon England but are rarely experienced today.
In addition to the recipes, there is background information about
households and cooking techniques.
£5.95 A5 80 Pages
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