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Yale University Press
Out of the East: Spices and the Medieval Imagination

Out of the East: Spices and the Medieval Imagination

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ISBN-13: 9780300151350
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 03/03/2009
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 388,794
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Paul Freedman is Chester D. Tripp Professor of History, Yale University. His previous books include Images of the Medieval Peasant, The Origins of Peasant Servitude in Medieval Catalonia, and Food: The History of Taste.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction Spices: A Global Commodity 1

One Spices and Medieval Cuisine 19

Two Medicine: Spices as Drugs 50

Three The Odors of Paradise 76

Four Trade and Prices 104

Five Scarcity, Abundance, and Profit 130

Six "That Damned Pepper": Spices and Moral Danger 146

Seven Searching for the Realms of Spices 164

Eight Finding the Realms of Spices: Portugal and Spain 193

Conclusion The Rise and Fall of Spices 215

Notes 227

Bibliography 245

Index 259

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