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Creating Community with Food and Drink in Merovingian Gaul

Creating Community with Food and Drink in Merovingian Gaul (Hardback)

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"Creating Community with Food and Drink in Merovingian Gaul" exposes the manner in which feasting and fasting, in other words, ritualized actions not performed solely for the purpose of nourishment, were central to social interaction in Gaul both prior and subsequent to Christianization of the mixed population of Franks and Gallo Romans. In exploring these issues using a multidisciplinary methodology, Effros suggests that scholars may assess historical manifestations of the use of food and drink to create and reinforce the social hierarchy. Effros addresses the tensions between monastic and lay communities and focuses on patronage through food and drink as a source of informal power, a subject too often overlooked in favour of institutional structures more familiar to 20th century historians.

BONNIE EFFROS is Assistant Professor in the Department of Historical Studies at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

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