Medieval eels and Englishness

Eels were a mainstay of the economy in the Middle Ages, and also a part of the developing English identity, as John Wyatt Greenlee explains

A watermill, with fish nets and eel traps visible beneath the waters of the mill leat Luttrell Psalter. England, c 1325-1335. (Photo by Alamy)

Eels were a mainstay of the economy in the Middle Ages, and also a part of the developing English identity. Dr John Wyatt Greenlee explains why the fish mattered so much.

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