Food & Drink
Production, Processing, Distribution & Consumption
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
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