Food, Heresies, and Magical Boundaries in the Middle Ages
Food, Heresies, and Magical Boundaries in the Middle Ages
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Introduction. On food and boundaries: New trends in Food History
Part I. Religious boundaries
Chapter 1: Religious Identities and Consuming Differences in Augustine’s De haeresibus
Chapter 2: Dinner with the Heretic: The Story of an Ordal Meal in the De Gloria Martyrum by Gregory of Tours
Chapter 3: Consuming Heresy according to Walter Map: How to restate the boundaries of the status quo
Chapter 4: Kumiss in William of Rubruck’s Itinerarium: A Mongolian Beverage of Apostasy
Part II. Magical boundaries
Chapter 5: Saint Brigit and Milk from the Otherworld
Chapter 6: A Pagan Counter-Cuisine: Food and the Supernatural in Burchard of Worms’s Corrector
Chapter 7: Cannibalism and natural magic: Human flesh as a gate to the hidden powers of nature in the Picatrix
Chapter 8: Niccolò da Poggibonsi and the “Magical” Bread of Bethlehem
Concluding remarks: Boundary foods and boundaries of food

Andrea Maraschi, Francesca Tasca

Food, Heresies, and Magical Boundaries in the Middle Ages

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In this book readers will find stories about medieval heresies and “magic” from an unusual perspective: that of food studies. The time span ranges from Late Antiquity to the Late Middle Ages, while the geographical scope includes regions as different as North Africa, Spain, Ireland, continental Europe, the Holy land, and Central Asia. Food, heresies, and magical boundaries in the Middle Ages explores the power of food in creating and breaking down boundaries between different groups, or in establishing a contact with other worlds, be they the occult sides of nature, or the supernatural. The book emphasizes the role of food in crafting and carrying identity, and in transferring virtues and powers of natural elements into the eater’s body. Which foods and drinks made someone a heretic? Could they be purified? Which food offerings forged a connection with the otherworld? Which recipes allowed gaining access to the hidden powers within nature?

Andrea Maraschi

Andrea Maraschi has a PhD in Medieval History (University of Bologna), and has been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Iceland and at the University of Bari. He teaches Anthropology of Food at the University of Bologna. His research interests touch, among other things, the history of food, the history of magic, and the history of medicine.

Francesca Tasca

Francesca Tasca has a PhD in History of Christianity and of Churches (University of Padua) with a thesis on Waldensian origins. She is a high-school teacher. Her research interests focus on accusations of heresy, with particular attention to food identity markers. She has several publications on the subject to her credit. She is publishing coordinator of Riforma e movimenti religiosi, the journal of the Society of Waldensian Studies.