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The ‘Healthy’ Medieval Diet

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.

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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

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