By Paul Freedman
The call for for spices in medieval Europe used to be extravagant and was once mirrored within the pursuit of favor, the formation of style, and the expansion of luxurious alternate. It encouraged geographical and advertisement exploration ,as investors pursued such universal spices as pepper and cinnamon and rarer fragrant items, together with ambergris and musk. eventually, the spice quest resulted in imperial missions that have been to alter international history.
This attractive booklet explores the call for for spices: why have been they so renowned, and why so expensive? Paul Freedman surveys the background, geography, economics, and culinary tastes of the center a long time to discover the unusually various ways in which spices have been positioned to use--in tricky medieval food, within the therapy of ailment, for the advertising of health, and to body spray vital ceremonies of the Church. Spices turned symbols of good looks, affluence, flavor, and beauty, Freedman indicates, and their price and body spray drove the engines of trade and conquest on the sunrise of the fashionable era.
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