The ‘Healthy’ Medieval Diet
Paper by Iona McCleery
Given at the Thirty-Fifth Leeds Symposium on Food History and Traditions on February 24, 2021
Excerpt: I found that the word ‘diet’ does come into English – it’s originally Greek and then Latin – during the Middle Ages as early as the 13th century and it has a wide range of meanings from a whole course of life, a way of living or thinking, a way of feeding a restricted prescribed course of food for those who are ill or in prison.
Iona McCleery is Associate Professor in Medieval History at the University of Leeds. Click here to view her university webpage.
Top Image: British Library MS Royal 14 E III for. 152v