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Out of the East

Spices and the Medieval Imagination
Freedman, Paul H., 1949- (Book - 2008 )
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The demand for spices in medieval Europe was extravagant and was reflected in the pursuit of fashion, the formation of taste, and the growth of luxury trade. It inspired geographical and commercial exploration ,as traders pursued such common spices as pepper and cinnamon and rarer aromatic products, including ambergris and musk. Ultimately, the spice quest led to imperial missions that were to change world history.

This engaging book explores the demand for spices: why were they so popular, and why so expensive? Paul Freedman surveys the history, geography, economics, and culinary tastes of the Middle Ages to uncover the surprisingly varied ways that spices were put to use--in elaborate medieval cuisine, in the treatment of disease, for the promotion of well-being, and to perfume important ceremonies of the Church. Spices became symbols of beauty, affluence, taste, and grace, Freedman shows, and their expense and fragrance drove the engines of commerce and conquest at the dawn of the modern era.



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An exploration of the medival world's demand for spices surveys the history, geography, economics, and culinary tastes of the Middle Ages and discusses how the allure of spices fueled both commerce and conquest.

Authors: Freedman, Paul H., 1949-
Statement of Responsibility: Paul Freedman
Title: Out of the East
spices and the medieval imagination
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2008
Characteristics: x, 275 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-258) and index
Contents: Spices and medieval cuisine
Medicine : spices as drugs
The odors of paradise
Trade and prices
Scarcity, abundance, and profit
"That damned pepper" : spices and moral danger
Searching for the realms of spices
Finding the realms of spices : Portugal and Spain
Subject Headings: Europe Territorial expansion History To 1500 Trade routes History To 1500 Food habits History To 1500 Spice trade Social aspects History To 1500 Spices History To 1500
Topical Term: Trade routes
Food habits
Spice trade
Spices
LCCN: 2007036412
ISBN: 0300111991
9780300111996
Research Call Number: JFE 08-6124
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