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1. Beginnings - who were the first monks?; 2. Desert fathers, pillarsaints and fasting; 3. The 'hermit craze' of the Middle Ages; 4. Gardens and growing; 5. The bigger picture - food, trade and money; 6.Herbs and health; Includes approximately 10 recipes; Further reading.
Andrew Jotischky is Professor of Medieval History at Lancaster University, UK. He has published widely on aspects of medieval religious history; his principal publications include Crusading and the Crusader States (2004), and The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Bible Lands, with Caroline Hull (2009)
Extract featured in the Platelicker section--The Big Issue Full page extract featured--, Extract Featured--, Extract featured in the Platelicker section--, Reviewed in The Church Times This is a sparkling book, hugely informative about monasticism in general and hermits in particular with the addition of some surprisingly appetising recipes. Mortification and nettles turn out to be only one part of the story of how hermits battled with the devil; hospitality and humility were equally important as was a good knowledge of bread-making and a sound digestion. Tree bark is probably not to everyone's taste.--Sanford Lakoff Extract Featured--Sanford Lakoff Extract featured in the Platelicker section--Sanford Lakoff Full page extract featured--Sanford Lakoff 'What underlies this entertaining, informative account of monastic diet is the unexplored issue of food consumption as a means exercising individual and social control... this is a book that does more than it says on the tin.'--Sanford Lakoff