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Monks and MarketsDurham Cathedral Priory 1460-1520$
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Miranda Threlfall-Holmes

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199253814

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199253814.001.0001

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The Monastic Diet

The Monastic Diet

(p.34) 2 The Monastic Diet
Monks and Markets

Miranda Threlfall-Holmes (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

Food was the largest single category of expenditure for Durham Cathedral Priory. This chapter analyses what was purchased under this heading. There are sections on the provisioning infrastructure of the priory, and on the purchasing and consumption of each of the major constituents of the priory's diet: grains, meat, fish, wine, spices, fats, dairy produce, and vegetables. Under such headings the types or varieties of each commodity purchased by the priory are looked at, the priory's consumption is estimated, and comparisons are drawn with the standards of living at other great medieval households, notably with that of Westminster Abbey. Seasonal variations and the impact of the religious calendar on diet are also discussed.

Keywords:   Durham Cathedral Priory, Westminster Abbey, consumption, medieval households, standards of living, provisioning, vegetables, wine, spices

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