Publication – Caroline Goodson, « Cultivating the City in Early Medieval Italy »

Food-growing gardens first appeared in early medieval cities during a period of major social, economic, and political change in the Italian peninsula, and they quickly took on a critical role in city life. The popularity of urban gardens in the medieval city during this period has conventionally been understood as a sign of decline in the post-Roman world, signalling a move towards a subsistence economy. Caroline Goodson challenges this interpretation, demonstrating how urban gardens came to perform essential roles not only in the economy, but also in cultural, religious, and political developments in the emerging early medieval world. Observing changes in how people interacted with each other and their environments from the level of individual households to their neighbourhoods, and the wider countryside, Goodson draws on documentary, archival, and archaeological evidence to reveal how urban gardening reconfigured Roman ideas and economic structures into new, medieval values.

Caroline Goodson is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of History at the University of Cambridge where her research interrogates material remains alongside archival and literary records to evaluate the rise of early medieval polities in the Western Mediterranean. She was awarded the Rome Prize in 2002-3 for her doctoral research, and subsequently has been funded by the British Academy and the Leverhulme Foundation. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society since 2010, her previous publications include The Rome of Pope Paschal I (817-824): Papal Power, Urban renovation, Church Rebuilding and Relic Translation (Cambridge, 2010).

Table des matières :

List of Figures and Tables
Terms and Measurements
List of Abbreviations

1. Introduction
2. Patterns and changes
3. The shape of the phenomenon
4. Alliances and exchanges
5. Values and ideals
6. Conspicuous cultivation
7. Conclusions


Informations pratiques :

Caroline Goodson, Cultivating the City in Early Medieval Italy, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2021. 228 x 152 mm. ISBN :9781108489119. prix : 75,00 £.

Source : Cambridge University Press

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