The Culture of Food in Medieval and Renaissance Europe | Newberry

The Culture of Food in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Led by Sarah Kernan. 4 sessions, 1 - 3 pm.
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Saturdays, July 14 - August 4

1 - 3 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (April 17 at 10 am – May 4 at 4 pm): $185
Regular Registration Price (May 4 at 4 pm – first day of class): $203.5

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

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Excuse our dust!

The Newberry is undergoing an extensive first floor renovation in 2018. This project will be ongoing during the Summer 2018 seminar term. The Adult Education Seminars Program still has use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Summer 2018 term. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

Food was central to everyday life in medieval and Renaissance Europe. In this seminar, we will explore how the culture of food was connected to social status, economics, religion, law, art, literature, and so much more. Focusing on primary sources, many from the Newberry’s collection, we will discuss topics as diverse as theological debates about chocolate, pepper trees guarded by mythical serpents, and cries of Parisian street vendors in a thirteenth-century motet. Four sessions.

Sarah Peters Kernan, independent culinary historian, holds a PhD in medieval history from Ohio State University.

Materials List


  • A course packet of additional materials, compiled by the instructor and distributed during the first class, for which there will be a nominal fee due at that time.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.