Food and Eating As Religious Metaphor: Focusing on Chaucer’s Religious Tales

Food and its consumption play a significant role in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales that extends far beyond the concepts of sustenance and survival. Given the significant value of food because of the increasing scarcity that resulted from recurring famine in the late fourteenth century, Bailly’s suggestion of providing ‘a soper at oure aller cost’ for the best storyteller is quite realistic…