[Sca-cooks] Fwd: New Book on Mills & Milling

Stefan li Rous StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Tue Feb 28 12:03:54 PST 2012

I thought some folks here might be interested in this.


Begin forwarded message:

> From: Garth Groff <ggg9y at virginia.edu>
> Date: February 28, 2012 6:54:21 AM CST
> To: Stefan li Rous <StefanliRous at austin.rr.com>
> Subject: New Book on Mills & Milling
> Noble friends,
> New at the UVA Fine Arts Library: BREAD FOR THE PEOPLE, THE  
> ARCHAEOLOGY OF MILLS AND MILLING . . . (BAR International Series  
> 2274) edited by David Williams and David Peacock (ISBN  
> 9781407308487; our call number TS2130 .B74 2011). This book is  
> collection of articles on the history of mills and milling in Europe  
> from pre-Roman times to the near-present. Of particular interest to  
> us are three articles on the medieval period in English: "Querns as  
> markers for the determination of medieval northern European trade  
> spheres" by M. Pohl, "Of cakes and kings: bread-making in early  
> medieval England" by C. Coulter, and "Rotary hand-querns in volcanic  
> stone in the medieval Mediterranean" by P. Arthur. There is an  
> additional article on medieval ore grinding in English, and one  
> article each in Italian and French. Other articles are more general,  
> but have historical interest, including those on quarrying and  
> production of mill stones. I found Coulter's article, which is  
> mainly about the Saxon period, to be very interesting. I was  
> intrigued to learn that the term "lord" comes from old Saxon for  
> "loaf guardian"--hlafweard, and "lady" is derived from "loaf  
> kneader"--hlaefdige. The book is well illustrated with period  
> illuminations of mills and milling machinery, many contemporary  
> photographs, plus charts and maps. Each article has its own  
> bibliography. This is a scholarly work, but the articles are well  
> written and easily comprehensible to a lay person. If you are a  
> lover of historical cookery, this book will be useful background  
> reading. If you just love old mills (as I do!), it is a fascinating  
> look at some great early-period subjects not often explored in print.
> Now if only someone would write something about the history of  
> milling in Scotland, I would be in hog heaven.
> Yours Aye,
> Lord Mungo Napier, That Crazy Scot

THLord Stefan li Rous    Barony of Bryn Gwlad    Kingdom of Ansteorra
    Mark S. Harris           Austin, Texas          StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
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