Medieval European Illustration of Monk Sneaking Wine

Medieval European Illustration of Monk Sneaking Wine

license: public domain
source: Wikimedia Commons
author: unknown
Description

A colorful medieval illustration depicts a European monk sneaking a drink of wine in the monastery cellar. As he fills a jug with wine from the barrel with one hand, he takes a sip from a bowl with the other. He appears to be looking around in fear of somebody catching him.


Date

Illustration: late 13th century AD


Information

This illustration was scanned from Den Medeltida Kokboken (The Medieval Cookbook) by Maggie Black. Here, a monk seems to be sneaking a drink of wine while filling a jug in the abbey cellar. It is possible this illustration was intended to depict the monk merely testing the quality of the wine, but his open eye fixed behind himself suggests he is scanning his surroundings for any onlookers.


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Bibliography

Adamson, M. W. (2004). Food in medieval times. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Carlin, M., & Rosenthal, J. T. (2003). Food and eating in medieval Europe. Bloomsbury Academic.

Dyer, C. (2003). Everyday life in medieval England. Bloomsbury Academic.

Winter, J. M. (2007). Spices and comfits: Collected papers on medieval food. Totnes: Prospect