Images of the Medieval Peasant

ISBN-10: 0804733732

ISBN-13: 9780804733731

Edition: 1999

Authors: Paul Freedman

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Medieval peasants tended to be regarded by their contemporaries as dirty, foolish and dishonest. However, they could also be regarded as virtuous for their hard work, and because they were Christians. This book examines these conflict images.
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 1/1/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 488
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

List of Illustrations
A Note on Translations
Introduction: Marginality and Centrality of Peasants
Peasant Labor and the Limits of Mutuality
The Breakdown of Mutuality: Laments over the Mistreatment of Peasants
Equality and Freedom at Creation
The Curse of Noah
National Myths and the Origins of Serfdom
Representations of Contempt and Subjugation
Peasant Bodies, Male and Female
Peasant Warriors and Peasant Liberties
Pious and Exemplary Peasants
The Problem of Servitude: Arbitrary Mistreatment, Symbolic Degradation
Peasant Rebellions of the Late Middle Ages
Conclusion: Harmony and Dissonance
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