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