Colour in the Medieval World: Identity, Economy and Society, C.AD 600-1450

With Dr Chris Loveluck, Head of Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham and Associate Professor and Reader in Medieval Archaeology

This lecture will explore how colours can be used as windows on the world of the Middle Ages. Colours linked to objects, materials and foodstuffs could mark status and roles in societies and were also indicators of near-global medieval trade networks that spanned Eurasia and Africa. Dr Loveluck will focus on colours and social hierarchy – how the privileged used colour to reinforce and enhance power and religious ideology; colours and globalization – how colours in materials and culinary tastes shaped medieval global networks; and colours and wider society – colours and people as agents of social change.