Tuesday, 30 October, at 8.15pm in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone
Summary This talk will examine the variety of sources that can be used to reconstruct diet and farming practices in Ireland. Dr Murphy will explore patterns of food production and consumption in early medieval Ireland and will analyse the impact of the Anglo-Normans after their arrival.
Also, Dr Murphy will show how different farming regimes promoted specific settlement types and how the demands of the market could stimulate agricultural production. The lecture will conclude with a study of the processing and transport of foodstuffs, as well as their preparation for the table.
Speaker Dr Margaret Murphy is a medieval historian, who specialises in the social and economic history of late medieval Ireland.
She is co-author of the book The Dublin Region in the Middle Ages and co-editor of the collection Agriculture and Settlement in Ireland.