Caring for Body and Soul: Burial and the Afterlife in the Merovingian World

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Overview

The relationship between the living and the dead was especially significant in defining community identity and spiritual belief in the early medieval world. Peter Brown has called it the "joining of Heaven and Earth." For clerics and laypersons alike, funerals and burial sites were important means for establishing or extending power over rival families and monasteries and commemorating ancestors. In Caring for Body and Soul, Bonnie Effros reveals the social significance of burial rites in early medieval Europe during the time of the Merovingian (or so-called long-haired) kings from 500 to 800 C.E.

Funerals provided an opportunity for the display of wealth through elaborate ceremonies involving the placement of goods such as weapons, jewelry, and ceramic vessels in graves and the use of aboveground monuments. In the late seventh century, however, these practices gave way to Masses and prayers for the dead performed by clerics at churches removed from cemeteries. Effros explains that this shift occurred not because inhabitants were becoming better Christians, as some have argued, since such activities were never banned or even criticized by the clergy. Rather, clerics successfully promoted these new rites as powerful means for families to express their status and identity.

Effros uses a wide range of historical and archaeological evidence that few other scholars have mastered. The result is a revealing analysis of life and death that simultaneously underlines the remarkable adaptability and appeal of western Christianity in the early Middle Ages.

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“A very thorough and up-to-date study of death and burial in early medieval society.”

—Guy Halsall, Birkbeck College, University of London

From the Publisher

“A very thorough and up-to-date study of death and burial in early medieval society.”

—Guy Halsall, Birkbeck College, University of London

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271027852
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 5/8/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie Effros is Associate Professor of History at SUNY Binghamton and, during 2001-2002, the Sylvan C. Coleman and Pamela Coleman Memorial Fund Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is author of the book, Merovingian Mortuary Archaeology and the Making of the Early Middle Ages (2003).

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Acknowledments
Introduction 1
Ch. I The Symbolic Significance of Clothing for the Dead 13
Ch. II Lay and Clerical Regulation of Grave Goods and Cemeteries 41
Ch. III Grave Markers as Memoria 79
Ch. IV Membership in the Kingdom of the Elect 139
Ch. V Christian Liturgy and the Journey to the Next World 169
Ch. VI Exchanges Between the Living and the Dead 205
Select Bibliography 213
Index 247
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