Medieval Lecture - Fantastic Feasts

Saturday 6th November

On Saturday 6 November 2021, Blackfriars will host, in partnership with Durham University's IMEMS (*), the 17th Public lecture Fantastic Feasts!

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! 

WHERE: Blackfriars Banquet Hall 

TIMES: 11am

COST: £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.

(*) IMEMS has a long-standing relationship with Blackfriars Restaurant are pleased to announce the 17th public lecture. 

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

TICKETS & VOUCHERS: please note although we don’t send out physical tickets, you will receive a confirmation from our on-line booking system (note: this will state a table has been booked).
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Evouchers are available upon request – please email or call us on 0191 261 5945 to arrange.

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