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Nov. 4: History Forum Lecture

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Professor Martha Carlin will discuss medieval meals.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-23-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato’s fall History Forum lecture will be presented by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Professor Martha Carlin (pictured) on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 4 p.m. on campus in Centennial Student Union’s Room 253.

Carlin’s presentation is titled “Putting Dinner on the Table in Chaucer’s London.” The lecture is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. Refreshments will be served following the presentation.

In her presentation, Carlin will discuss how, in the late fourteenth century, when England’s most celebrated medieval poet, Geoffrey Chaucer, was writing “The Canterbury Tales,” the king of England’s master cooks were also writing a book – a magnificent cookery book, called “The Forme of Cury,” which included recipes for everything from boiled beans to roast swan with giblet sauce.

Carlin will describe what a medieval meal was really like, along with the logistics that went into producing it, and the kinds of evidence that have survived. She’ll also address whether or not there are parallels with the culture and practical realities of feeding a household today.

Carlin is a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Her work focuses on medieval social and economic history, including urban history (especially the history of London and its suburbs), food and eating, daily life, correspondence, shopping and inns.

This event is sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of History, which is part of the University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as the University’s Honors Program. Those who want more information about the lecture may contact the Department of History by phone at 507-389-1618.

The History Forum Lecture Series is an opportunity for faculty, students, staff and community members to learn about the latest historical research from local and regional scholars. The History Forum Lecture is presented twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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