The Languages of Gift in the Early Middle Ages

The Languages of Gift in the Early Middle Ages

by Wendy Davies
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521515173

ISBN-13: 9780521515177

Pub. Date: 10/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is a collection of original essays on gift in the early Middle Ages, from Anglo-Saxon England to the Islamic world. Focusing on the languages of gift, the essays reveal how early medieval people visualized and thought about gift, and how they distinguished between the giving of gifts and other forms of social, economic, political and religious exchange. The

Overview

This is a collection of original essays on gift in the early Middle Ages, from Anglo-Saxon England to the Islamic world. Focusing on the languages of gift, the essays reveal how early medieval people visualized and thought about gift, and how they distinguished between the giving of gifts and other forms of social, economic, political and religious exchange. The same team, largely, that produced the widely cited The Settlement of Disputes in Early Medieval Europe (Cambridge, 1986) and Property and Power in the Early Middle Ages (Cambridge, 1995) has again collaborated in a collective effort that harnesses individual expertise in order to draw from the sources a deeper understanding of the early Middle Ages by looking at real cases, that is at real people, whether peasant or emperor. The culture of medieval gift has often been treated as archaic and exotic; in this book, by-contrast, we see people going about their lives in individual, down-to-earth and sometimes familiar ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521515177
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2010
Pages:
305
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations vii

List of contributors ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgements xii

List of abbreviations xiii

1 Introduction Janet L. Nelson 1

2 Giving to God in the Mass: the experience of the Offertory David Ganz 18

3 Gifts and prayers: the visualization of gift giving in Byzantium and the mosaics at Hagia Sophia Leslie Brubaker 33

4 The use of the term beneficium in Frankish sources: a society based on favours? Paul Fouracre 62

5 The gifts of Wearmouth and Jarrow Ian N. Wood 89

6 The settings of the gift in the reign of Charlemagne Janet L. Nelson 116

7 The queen of the Franks offers gifts to the caliph al-Muktafi' Ann Christys 149

8 Reciprocal gifts on Mount Athos in the tenth and eleventh centuries Rosemary Morris 171

9 Compulsory gift exchange in Lombard Italy, 650-1150 Chris Wickham 193

10 When gift is sale: reciprocities and commodities in tenth-century Christian Iberia Wendy Davies 217

11 Conclusion Chris Wickham 238

Glossary 262

Bibliography 269

Index 300

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