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date: 19 June 2021

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This chapter looks at what kind of foods medieval people ate and what impact on their habits religion had. It then looks closer at what they said about animals as food, but also looks at perhaps the most important aspect of medieval food ethics, namely, the moral aspect of eating itself. This is foremost governed by the virtue of fasting and the vice, or even deadly sin, of gluttony.

Keywords: food ethics, Middle Ages, Thomas Aquinas, animal ethics, gluttony

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