Why did weeds matter in the Carolingian empire? What was their special significance for writers in eighth- and ninth-century Europe and how was this connected with the growth of real weeds? In early medieval Europe, unwanted plants that persistently appeared among crops created extra work, reduced productivity, and challenged theologians who believed God had made all vegetation good. For the first time, in this book weeds emerge as protagonists in early medieval European history, driving human farming strategies and coloring people’s imagination. Early medieval Europeans’ effort to create agroecosystems that satisfied their needs and cosmologies that confirmed Christian accounts of vegetable creation both had to come to terms with unruly plants. Using diverse kinds of texts, fresh archaeobotanical data, and even mosaics, this interdisciplinary study reveals how early medieval Europeans interacted with their environments.
Paolo Squatriti is Professor of History at the University of Michigan. His previous publications include Water and Society in Early Medieval Italy (Cambridge, 1998) and Landscape and Change in Early Medieval Italy (Cambridge, 2013). The latter won a prize from the American Association for Italian Studies.
Table des matières :
- Weeds, nature, and empire
- Weeds on the ground
- The time of weeds
- The worst of weeds
- The botany of paradise in Carolingian Rome
- The uses of weeds
- The politics of weeding in the Carolingian Empire
Informations pratiques :
Paolo Squatriti, Weeds and the Carolingians Empire. Culture, and Nature in Frankish Europe, AD 750–900, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2022. 280 p. ISBN : 9781316512869. Prix : GBP 75.
Source : Cambridge University Press
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