Medieval Mediterranean Research Webinars: Bees in the Medieval Mediterranean: Economic, Environmental and Cultural Perspectives

17 MAY
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You are invited to the next webinar of our multidisciplinary series The Medieval Mediterranean: Local and Global Perspectives (Series 2), co-organised by the Medieval Studies Research Group at the University of Lincoln in collaboration with the Society for the Medieval Mediterranean, the Woolf Institute (Cambridge), the Institució Milà i Fontanals CSIC (Barcelona) and the Universities of Ghent, Munich and Leicester:

Tuesday 17th May 2022, 5.00-6.00PM (UTC)

Bees in the medieval Mediterranean: Economic, environmental and cultural perspectives


Dr Alexandra Sapoznik (King’s College London) and

Lluis Sales Fava (Bee Project) (IEM-Universidade Nova de Lisboa).

The session will be chaired by Dr Roser Salicrú (IMF-CSIC, Barcelona)


Bees and bee products were of tremendous cultural significance in the later middle ages. Wax was necessary for many aspects of Christian religious devotion, while honey held a particular importance in medieval Islam. In this session we will examine how these cultural preferences drove a lucrative and far-reaching trade in beeswax, combining the products of domestic apiculture and large-scale imports to support increasingly costly and spectacular forms of Christian devotion, demonstrating interconnections of economy, environment and culture in the pre-modern world.

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We look forward to seeing you all there!

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