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A Second Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Food and Drink: Production and Distribution Paperback – 3 Apr 1995

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Anglo-Saxon Books (3 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1898281122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1898281122
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 15 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,114,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Informative reading on the production and distribution of food from the 5th to 11th centuries from literary & archaeological sources has been brought together for the first time to give fascinating insights to this important aspect of Anglo-Saxon life.

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Ann Hagen's second book has already been well reviewed in "Current Archaeology" and the Council for Independent Archaeology's Newsletter. Drawing on a wide range of archaeological and historical sources, it gives information on how foodstuffs and drinks - not forgetting tabooed foods - were produced and distributed in the 7 centuries from 400 to 1100 AD. Some of the topics: fermented drinks, the food supply when travelling, hospitality and charity, weights and measures and the food supply in towns. I started the book expecting to skim and scan, but soon found myself totally absorbed in the picture it builds up of everyday Anglo-Saxon life. Buy it. You will be as fascinated as I was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The everyday world of the Anglo-Saxons brought to life 28 Jun. 2000
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Format: Paperback
Ann Hagen's second book has been well reviewed in "Current Archaelogy" and the Council for Independent Archaelogy Newsletter. Ann succeeds admirably in making her book both scholarly and readable. Drawing on archaeological and historical sources, the book covers the 7 centuries from 400 to 1100AD and gives a detailed account of the foodstuffs and drinks - not to mention tabooed food - available to the Anglo-Saxons. Topics range from food production and distribution through to the food supply when travelling, hospitality, charity and Anglo-Saxon weights and measures. A fascinating read, for specialists and the interested reader alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting survey of the topic 19 Jun. 2010
By Christopher R. Travers - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second volume of Ann Hagen's important study of Anglo-Saxon food and society. This one focuses on production, such as agricultural considerations, and distribution. The work is quite detailed and draws on a number of important sources including archaeology and textual sources.

The first section discusses agriculture in great detail. Despite a few clear errors (suggesting that naturally raised sheep would be low in saturated fat and high in unsaturated fat), this section seems quite good. I'm somewhat sceptical of some of the nutritional claims, but on the whole, the attention to detail in this work is quite good.

The sections on beekeeping and fermented drinks are quite fascinating in their own right.

The second portion discusses distribution of food, including topics such as monastic sources of food, travelling food, how food would be provisioned for the home, hospitality, etc. This section is also greatly of interest.

I'd highly recommend this work to anyone with a serious interest in the study of Anglo-Saxon England.
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