If we consider societies other than our own, then we see differences in both consumption patterns and in the way people regard these consumption patterns. At the same time, we also see similarities. Differences and similarities can also be seen if we look at the past of our own society. This entry considers some aspects of consumption in medieval Europe.

The remainder of this entry comprises five sections. The first considers a few general features of medieval Europe. Then, in separate sections, medieval consumption of three different goods—food, pilgrimages, and clothing—is considered. Next medieval resistance to materialism is considered. Finally, a few conclusions are drawn.

Europe in the Middle Ages

The medieval period in European history lasted from around the fourth or fifth century to near the end ...

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