A shortlist of agronomy treatises from China to England.
Have you ever wondered what life was like for Mamluk farmers? In this episode, Lucie Laumonier talks with Omar Abdel-Ghaffar, a PhD candidate at Harvard University about Nile floods, landscapes and village communities in late medieval Egypt.
We’re going to talk about in this paper the way the production of cereal, such as wheat, barley, millet and so forth, developed and was managed across the Byzantine period.
When air conditioning was not yet a thing – how people in the Middle Ages coped with the summer months.
This article looks at the urban farmers of medieval France and discusses the roles of the gardens that were found throughout medieval cities.
Archaeologists at the University of Oulu observed that draught reindeer were used in Finnish Lapland at least 700 years ago.
If nothing else works, you could bring the vermin to justice.
This article investigates the way in which medieval farmers practiced sheep-rearing and looks at the profits they made with their herds.
One of the most influential animals of the medieval world, both in the barnyard and on the table, was also one of the most troublesome: the pig. This week, Danièle speaks with Jamie Kreiner about how the humble pig influenced everything from culture to theology.
How did people catch fish in the Middle Ages, and what efforts were made to keep this resource sustainable?
Medieval historians can sometimes study quirky things. For John Wyatt Greenlee it is researching eels in the Middle Ages. This week on The Medieval Podcast, Danièle speaks with Surprised Eel Historian about the impact of this fish on the medieval world – who was eating them, how they were eating them, and why they were sometimes a great way to pay the rent.
Have you ever wondered how medieval people sweetened their dishes?
How rabbit farming was a lucrative business in the Middle Ages.
How silkworms have influenced trade and agriculture throughout the world in a story spanning millennia.
By Kathryn Walton When medieval farmers were faced with a particularly difficult problem, they would turn to magic for a solution. Medieval farmers used…
Our new columnist Lucie Laumonier explains the four common characteristics of what is a peasant in the Middle Ages.
After generations of oppression, an army of slaves rose up to challenge the Abbasid Caliphate.
How did Icelanders build and run farms in the Middle Ages?
Most of the Macclesfield cattle were not bought, but transferred from other places on the prince’s estates. One major source at the beginning was the other manors of the earldom in Cheshire as cattle farming was wound up in them, mostly from Frodsham and some from Drakelow and Shotwick
The focus of the study is the Templar estates in Lincolnshire during the first four decades of the fourteenth century. Within this context, two themes are explored: the characteristics of Templar farming and estate management and the fate of the former Templar properties between 1312 and 1338.
This paper attempts to examine the strategic use of the agrarian contracts by the landlords of the principality of Salerno in the tenth and eleventh centuries.
Beekeeping from Antiquity Through the Middle Ages By Gene Kritsky Annual Review of Entomology, 2017. 62:249–64 Humans and honey bees have a long history…
Those seeking to unravel the biographies of settlements, communities and landscapes back into the Early Middle Ages must chieﬂy rely upon material evidence locked up in the landscape, to be extracted and interpreted using approaches drawn from archaeology and related disciplines.
It’s no mystery that medieval people ate fish. The fish industry was a vital element of the medieval European economy, and fueled lots of movement around the continent. However how did they get onto the trestle tables and trenchers?