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Carp In The City Fish-Farming Ponds And Urban Dynamics In Brabant And Hainaut, C. 1100–1500

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According to studies in the history of food, it is clear that fish has occupied a special position in history. With the high cost of freshwater fish making it a luxury and the fact that eating it was considered prestigious, it was probably more customary on the tables of princes and prelates than on those of the common people. Furthermore, cities were home to large concentrations of people who were most likely to eat fish on the days when the Church ordered them to abstain from meat, for that is where most princes, high officials, dignitaries, religious figures, and the wealthy resided. By focusing on certain cities in the present-day Belgian provinces of Hainaut and Brabant, and in particular on the Brussels region situated in the centre of these two areas, this chapter examines the complex relationships between urban fish-farming production, society, and the environment.

Keywords: Brabant; Brussels region; fish-farming production; freshwater fish farming; Hainaut; urban dynamics



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