New PDF release: A Companion to the Medieval World (Blackwell Companions to

By Carol Lansing, Edward D. English

ISBN-10: 140510922X

ISBN-13: 9781405109222

Drawing at the services of 26 wonderful students, this significant quantity covers the foremost matters within the examine of medieval Europe, highlighting the numerous effect the period of time had on cultural types and associations important to eu identification

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The pioneering works were Bloch, Feudal Society (the French original dates from 1939–40), and Duby, La Société aux XIe et XIIe siècles; see also Bisson, “La Terre et les hommes. Bibliography Ambrosiani, Bjorn, and Clarke, Helen, Towns in the Viking Age, 2nd edn (Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1995). Ausonius, Ausonius: Works, trans. A. G. Evelyn-White (Cambridge, MA: G. P. Putnam & Sons, 1921. Bede, Ecclesiastical History, ed. and trans. B. Colgrave and R. Mynors (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1969).

Neither the archaeology nor the written sources give any sense of the presence of strong alternative models for rural settlement with a clear definition or structure in the West, just isolated farms or scattered hamlets, mostly of simple wooden construction. These patterns stand in marked contrast to the empire’s eastern provinces, where we do find genuine villages as well as, and sometimes including, elite residences. This stands as eloquent testimony to the total dominance of the landowning elite within late Roman provincial society in the West.

These changes in the landscape clearly indicate radical shifts in the creation, circulation, and distribution of wealth. The villas of the late Roman world and castles of the eleventh century rested on sharp inequalities of wealth and articulated the dominance of clearly defined landowning elites. But the fact that in the centuries between dominant families could not set themselves apart so dramatically is telling. In part, as the archaeology above all makes clear, there was in all probability simply less wealth to go around in these intervening centuries.

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