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Food, Religion and Communities in Early Modern Europe

Food, Religion and Communities in Early Modern Europe


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Using a three-part structure focused on the major historical subjects of the Inquisition, the Reformation and witchcraft, Christopher Kissane examines the relationship between food and religion in early modern Europe.

Food, Religion and Communities in Early Modern Europe employs three key case studies in Castile, Zurich and Shetland to explore what food can reveal about the wider social and cultural history of early modern communities undergoing religious upheaval. Issues of identity, gender, cultural symbolism and community relations are analysed in a number of different contexts. The book also surveys the place of food in history and argues the need for historians not only to think more about food, but also withfood in order to gain novel insights into historical issues.

This is an important study for food historians and anyone seeking to understand the significant issues and events in early modern Europe from a fresh perspective.

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ISBN-13: 9781350143777
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 12/26/2019
Series: Cultures of Early Modern Europe
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Christopher Kissane is a researcher for the Royal Historical Society and a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Economic History at the London School of Economics & Political Science, UK. He is also a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker.

Table of Contents

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List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
1. Introduction: Food and History
Part I – Food and Inquisition
2. 'The Foods of a Christian': Food, Religion and Inquisition
3. Kitchens and Neighbours: Food, Gender and Community in Inquisition Castile
Part II – Food and Reformation
4. 'The Eaters': Fast-Breaking Protest in Early Reformation Zürich
5. 'Sausage-Makers and 'Cheese-Hunters': The Cultural Context of Fast-Breaking
Part III – Food and Witchcraft
6. Dining with Demons: Food, Witchcraft and Evil
7. 'Plain Hunger and Necessity': Food, Fear and Community
8. Conclusions: Thinking about Food, Thinking with Food

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