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6 November 2021 - 6 November 2021

11:00AM - 3:00PM

Blackfriars Banquet Hall

  • £25 per person

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6th November 2021, 11:00, Blackfriars, Newcastle, Dr Michael Huxtable

Join Dr Michael Huxtable and colleagues from Durham University for a tour of medieval literature and other sources on the theme of Fantastic Feasts and where to find them. We'll cover the feast of foreboding in the Old English poem Beowulf, before the terror inflicted by the beast Grendel; the dialogue between the God Apollo and the cook in Henry of Huntingdon's Garden of England, feasting and food in the poetry of Marie de France, an English poet of the 12th century, the curious story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and some of the famous and infamous incidents that happened at real feasts - did Henry I really die from a surfeit of lampreys? And what went wrong with the dance for Charles VI of France in 1393? And finally words of wisdom from Chaucer and contemporaries. A culinary journey not to be missed!

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements, conditions we should know about or any other specific requests.


£25 per person

including arrival tea or coffee and a suitably medieval 3 course set lunch served communally. Places are only confirmed once paid in full and are non-refundable or transferable.