Images of the Medieval Peasant

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Stanford University Press, 1999 - History - 459 pages
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This book examines conflicting images of peasants from the post-Carolingian period to the German Peasants' War. It relates the representation of peasants to debates about how society should be organized (specifically, to how human equality at Creation led to subordination), how slavery and serfdom could be assailed or defended, and how peasants themselves structured and justified their demands.
 

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Contents

Marginality and Centrality of Peasants i
1
Equality and Freedom at Creation
59
Chapter The Curse of Noah
86
Representations of Contempt and Subjugation
133
Peasant Bodies Male and Female
157
PEASANT AGENCY PEASANT HUMANITY
175
Peasant Warriors and Peasant Liberties
177
Chapter o Pious and Exemplary Peasants
204
Part5 THE REVOLT AGAINST SERVITUDE
237
Arbitrary Mistreatment Symbolic Degradation
239
Peasant Rebellions of the Late Middle Ages
257
Harmony and Dissonance
289
Notes
307
Bibliography
403
Index
451
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About the author (1999)

Paul Freedman is Professor of History at Yale University and the author, most recently, of Church, Law, and Society in Catalonia, 900-1500.

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