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Nordic Elites in Transformation, c. 1050–1250, Volume II: Social Networks

Nordic Elites in Transformation, c. 1050–1250, Volume II: Social Networks

1st Edition

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Kim Esmark, Lars Hermanson, Hans Jacob Orning
February 10, 2020

Nordic Elites in Transformation, c. 1050-1250, Volume II explores the structures and workings of social networks within the elites of medieval Scandinavia to reveal the intricate relationship between power and status. Section one of this volume categorizes basic types of personal bonds, both...

The Social Fabric of Fifteenth-Century Florence: Identities and Change in the World of Second-Hand Dealers

The Social Fabric of Fifteenth-Century Florence: Identities and Change in the World of Second-Hand Dealers

1st Edition

Alessia Meneghin
October 08, 2019

The Arte dei rigattieri (merchants of second-hand goods in Florence) has never been ​​the subject of a systematic study, even in scholarship devoted to the history of trades. Underpinned by a large collection of archival material, this book analyzes the social life and economic activity of...

Nordic Elites in Transformation, c. 1050-1250, Volume I: Material Resources

Nordic Elites in Transformation, c. 1050-1250, Volume I: Material Resources

1st Edition

Bjørn Poulsen, Helle Vogt, Jón Viðar Sigurðsson
March 27, 2019

This book, first in a series of three, examines the social elites in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Iceland, and which social, political, and cultural resources went into their creation. The elite controlled enormous economic resources and exercised power over people. Power over agrarian production...

How Thor Lost His Thunder: The Changing Faces of an Old Norse God

How Thor Lost His Thunder: The Changing Faces of an Old Norse God

1st Edition

Declan Taggart
November 16, 2017

How Thor Lost his Thunder is the first major English-language study of early medieval evidence for the Old Norse god, Thor. In this book, the most common modern representations of Thor are examined, such as images of him wreathed in lightning, and battling against monsters and giants. The origins...

Family, Work, and Household in Late Medieval Iberia: A Social History of Manresa at the Time of the Black Death

Family, Work, and Household in Late Medieval Iberia: A Social History of Manresa at the Time of the Black Death

1st Edition

Jeff Fynn-Paul
September 25, 2017

Family, Work, and Household presents the social and occupational life of a late medieval Iberian town in rich, unprecedented detail. The book combines a diachronic study of two regionally prominent families—one knightly and one mercantile—with a detailed cross-sectional urban study of household and...

The Plow, the Pen and the Sword: Images and Self-Images of Medieval People in the Low Countries

The Plow, the Pen and the Sword: Images and Self-Images of Medieval People in the Low Countries

1st Edition

Rudi Künzel
September 25, 2017

This book compares the cultures of the different social groups living in the Low Countries in the early Middle Ages. Clergy, nobility, peasants and townsmen greatly varied in their attitudes to labor, property, violence, and the handling and showing of emotions. Künzel explores how these social...

The Colonies of Genoa in the Black Sea Region: Evolution and Transformation

The Colonies of Genoa in the Black Sea Region: Evolution and Transformation

1st Edition

Evgeny Khvalkov
August 03, 2017

This book focuses on the network of the Genoese colonies in the Black Sea area and their diverse multi-ethnic societies. It raises the problems of continuity of the colonial patterns, reveals the importance of the formation of the late medieval / early modern colonialism, the urban demography, and...

New Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Gdańsk, Poland and Prussia

New Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Gdańsk, Poland and Prussia

1st Edition

Beata Możejko
March 29, 2017

New Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Poland and Prussia: The Impact of Gdańsk draws together the latest reseach conducted by local historians and archaeologists on the city of Gdańsk and its impact on the surrounding region of Pomerania and Poland as a whole. Beginning with Gdańsk’s early...

Medieval Hostageship c.700-c.1500: Hostage, Captive, Prisoner of War, Guarantee, Peacemaker

Medieval Hostageship c.700-c.1500: Hostage, Captive, Prisoner of War, Guarantee, Peacemaker

1st Edition

Matthew Bennett, Katherine Weikert
October 10, 2016

This volume explores the issues of taking, using and being hostages in the Middle Ages. It brings together recent research in the areas of hostages and hostageships, looking at the act of hostage-taking and the hostages themselves through the lenses of political and social history....

Forensic Medicine and Death Investigation in Medieval England

Forensic Medicine and Death Investigation in Medieval England

1st Edition

Sara M. Butler
June 21, 2016

England has traditionally been understood as a latecomer to the use of forensic medicine in death investigation, lagging nearly two-hundred years behind other European authorities. Using the coroner's inquest as a lens, this book hopes to offer a fresh perspective on the process of death...

Theorizing Medieval Geopolitics: War and World Order in the Age of the Crusades

Theorizing Medieval Geopolitics: War and World Order in the Age of the Crusades

1st Edition

Andrew Latham
May 31, 2016

Over the past two decades or so, medieval geopolitics have come to occupy an increasingly prominent place in the collective imagination—and writings—of International Relations scholars. Although these accounts differ significantly in terms of their respective analytical assumptions, theoretical...

Wonder and Skepticism in the Middle Ages

Wonder and Skepticism in the Middle Ages

1st Edition

Keagan Brewer
February 01, 2016

Wonder and Skepticism in the Middle Ages explores the response by medieval society to tales of marvels and the supernatural, which ranged from firm belief to outright rejection, and asks why the believers believed, and why the skeptical disbelieved. Despite living in a world whose structures more...

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