Ideas and Solidarities of the Medieval Laity: England and Western Europe

1st Edition

Susan Reynolds

Routledge
Published September 14, 1995
Reference - 264 Pages
ISBN 9780860784852 - CAT# Y284562
Series: Variorum Collected Studies

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Summary

This book contains essays written over the past 25 years about medieval urban communities and about the loyalties and beliefs of medieval lay people in general. Most writing about medieval religious, political, legal, and social ideas starts from treatises written by academics and assumes that ideas trickled down from the clergy to the laity. Susan Reynolds, whether writing about the struggles for liberty of small English towns, the national solidarities of the Anglo-Saxons, or the capacity of medieval peasants to formulate their own attitudes to religion, rejects this assumption. She suggests that the medieval laity had ideas of their own that deserve to be taken seriously.

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