a medieval minute: full of beans

a medieval minute: full of beans

Harvesting beans, peas, or lentils.

Harvesting beans, peas, or lentils.

Around the year 1000, medieval farmers began to replace two-field crop rotation with a three-field system. The third crop each year consisted of beans, peas or lentils. The addition of legumes provided vegetable protein to a world where animal protein was scarce. People became healthier, population doubled in two centuries, Romanesque architecture flourished, cities and culture revived. People were full of beans.

Here’s a medieval recipe for fried beans:

To learn more about life in 12-century France, read The Viscountess and the Templars.

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About medievalphyllis

I love history and I love writing. I've been working on an historical novel about a medieval viscountess, Ermengarde of Narbonne since 2009. It has been quite a journey and the journey isn't over. Previously I written 6 historical novels for kids, but this is a new challenge.
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