Probing the Mystery of the Use of Saffron in Medieval Nunneries

  title={Probing the Mystery of the Use of Saffron in Medieval Nunneries},
  author={Volker Schier},
  journal={The Senses and Society},
  pages={57 - 72}
  • Volker Schier
  • Published 1 March 2010
  • Psychology
  • The Senses and Society
ABSTRACT Saffron is a substance that today has only marginal significance in Western culture. This was different in the past: during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance the unique sensorial qualities of saffron were employed socially to encode the dried stemma of the crocus sativus L. as an object of conspicuous consumption reserved for the wealthy. Newly discovered sources demonstrate that the perception of saffron was a complex phenomenon that builds on the sensorials but surpasses them: as a… 
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