Making Early Medieval Societies: Conflict and Belonging in the Latin West, 300–1200

Making Early Medieval Societies: Conflict and Belonging in the Latin West, 300–1200

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Cambridge University Press, 1/21/2016
EAN 9781107138803, ISBN10: 1107138809

Hardcover, 291 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2 cm
Language: English

Making Early Medieval Societies explores a fundamental question: what held the small- and large-scale communities of the late Roman and early medieval West together, at a time when the world seemed to be falling apart? Historians and anthropologists have traditionally asked parallel questions about the rise and fall of empires and how societies create a sense of belonging and social order in the absence of strong governmental institutions. This book draws on classic and more recent anthropologists' work to consider dispute settlement and conflict management during and after the end of the Roman Empire. Contributions range across the internecine rivalries of late Roman bishops, the marital disputes of warrior kings, and the tension between religious leaders and the unruly crowds in western Europe after the first millennium - all considering the mechanisms through which conflict could be harnessed as a force for social stability or an engine for social change.

making early medieval societies Conrad Leyser
1. Property, power, and conflict
rethinking the Constantinian revolution Kate Cooper
2. Playing with fire
conflicting bishops in late Roman Spain and Gaul David Natal and Jamie Wood
3. After Rome, before Francia
religion, ethnicity, and identity politics in Gregory of Tours' Ten Books of Histories Helmut Reimitz
4. 'To mistake gold for wealth'
the Venerable Bede and the fate of Northumbria Martin J. Ryan
5. The incidence of rebellion in the early medieval West Paul Fouracre
6. Disputes and documents in early medieval Italy Marios Costambeys
7. Divorce and remarriage between late antiquity and the early Middle Ages
canon law and conflict resolution Riccardo Bof and Conrad Leyser
8. The memory of Gregory the Great and the making of Latin Europe, 600–1000 Conrad Leyser
9. The weight of opinion
religion and the people of Europe from the tenth to the twelfth century R. I. Moore
10. 'The peace in the feud' revisited
feuds in the peace in medieval European feuds Stephen D. White