The purpose of this study is to explore, through a variety of
approaches, the extent to which the stereotype of the 'obese
medieval monk' is founded in truth. The work aims to determine the
'antiquity' of that stereotype, by exploring the image of the monk
throughout the medieval period (defined as AD 1066-c.1540), and the
contribution of the medieval accusations and criticisms of monks to
the evolution of the modern stereotype. Chapters focus on
archaeological and historical evidence pertaining to monastic diet,
and an osteological study comparing the physique and the prevalence
of obesity-related joint disease in medieval monks from London with
their secular counterparts. Ultimately, the evidence presented in
each chapter is drawn together and considered to give a holistic
perspective on the 'obese medieval monk'.
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||British Archaeological Reports British Series
||297 x 210 x 12mm (L x W x T)
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