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Recent Content

New Publication: Die Regesten des Kaiserreiches unter Friedrich I., Lief.5

New Publication: Die Regesten des Kaiserreiches unter Friedrich I., Lief.5


With the last volume of the „Regesta Imperii under Frederick I“ a project started in 1975 has come to its end. Thereby the whole existing sources concerning the period and the reign of Frederick Barbarossa are encompassed and made accessible by an index of proper names and a bibliography.


CFP: 'Food and Faith in the Early Modern World, c. 1400-c. 1700', Christ's College, Cambridge, 23 November 2018

As the field of Food History has come into fruition in the last two decades, historians are increasingly following anthropologists in recognising that food and eating play a significant role in religious identity formation. Since through eating food literally becomes us, food is intricately connected to how we understand the body, the material world, and the functioning of the spiritual realm within this system.