In 14th century Europe, spices had the ability to capture the imagination in a way few other luxury items could match.
What do we mean by "redaction?" From the Oxford English Dictionary 1st edition in 2 volumes, vol 2, pg 293: Redact - past participle 1. Brought together in a written form (1432) 2. Brought or reduced into (in), to a state, condition, etc, or under one's power (1432) 3. Of material things: Reduced to or [...]