Publication – Kate Cooper et Conrad J. Leyser, « Making Early Medieval Societies. Conflict and Belonging in the Latin West, 300–1200 »

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.


Table des matières :

Conrad Leyser – Introduction: making early medieval societies

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


Informations pratiques :
Kate Cooper et Conrad J. Leyser, Making Early Medieval Societies. Conflict and Belonging in the Latin West, 300–1200, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2016. 235 x 160 x 20 mm. ISBN : 9781107138803. 291 pages. Price : 64,99 £

Source : Cambridge University Press

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