Talk: Medieval Scentscapes
Winterbourne Medieval Barn
Smelling the Divine and the Diabolical in the Middle Ages!
In our modern deodorised age we may not realise that for medieval people the sense of smell was central to interpreting the world around them. Bad smells were associated with disease. Spices and scented goods spoke of new lands and cultures. Smells were important in negotiating good and evil, and in finding one’s place in the hierarchy of the spirit.
Megan Jones is an independent scholar specialising in the Middle Ages. Her research interests involve the post-medieval legacy and reception of the Middle Ages and the ideological potency of the period in modern discourses. Megan is keenly interested in the intersection of the medieval and the modern, using medieval concepts of race, sex, gender, and the senses to shed light on modern preoccupations, and to blur the boundaries of ‘then’ and ‘now’.
This talk will be accompanied by scents for each ticket holder, and the audience is encouraged to smell along, if they wish. Tickets £7.50 must be pre-booked online via the Barn website.