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Bees and beeswax - the gold of the medieval world?

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The CBKA are delighted to welcome Dr Alex Sapoznik to talk about the importance of bees, beekeeping and beeswax in the Middle Ages.

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The recent collapse of bee populations has caused concern for ecosystems worldwide. By contrast, the medieval world was teeming with bees, which were potent symbols in medieval Christianity and Islam.

This facilitated the development of long-distance trade networks, while also encouraging widespread domestic beekeeping as a notable part of the rural economy across Europe.

This talk will explore the role that religious medieval beliefs played in the development of beekeeping, its impact on the economy and its inter-relationship with the changing climate of the time and the wider environment

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Alex Sapoznik is Senior Lecturer in Late Medieval History at King's College London. Her research interests lie at the intersection of economy, environment, culture and society with a focus on late medieval Britain and Europe. She has published on topics including agriculture, technological innovation, food security, and standards of living. She currently leads the Leverhulme-funded project 'Bees in the medieval world', an expansive study of the economic and cultural role of the honeybee in the Middle Ages, exploring the impact of climate change, religious culture, and the development of networks of exchange across late medieval Europe from the far north to the southern coasts of the Mediterranean.

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