What nuns and monks ate, was usually determined by strict rules, resulting in a menu that was clearly very different from the rest of society. Historical texts have taught us this, but archaeology, too, can show if the theory really translated itself into daily practice. Excavations of a 16th century cesspit on the Bijloke Abbey site offered the ideal opportunity to revisit this more than interesting topic. How did the nuns of the time stock their pantry? And did every nun get the same to eat? These and many more questions will be answered in this lecture.
Food in medieval monastic communities
Lecture for Flemish Masters in situ at the STAM city museum in Ghent