The Images of the Medieval Peasant

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“Freedman’s command of material drawn from all over Europe is impressive and anyone interested in the medieval or early modern German peasantry will profit greatly from reading this book.”—Central European History
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"Freedman's command of material drawn from all over Europe is impressive and anyone interested in the medieval or early modern German peasantry will profit greatly from reading this book."—Central European History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804733731
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Series: Figurae: Reading Medieval Culture Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 484
  • Sales rank: 1,125,305
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
A Note on Translations
Introduction: Marginality and Centrality of Peasants 1
Ch. 1 Peasant Labor and the Limits of Mutuality 15
Ch. 2 The Breakdown of Mutuality: Laments over the Mistreatment of Peasants 40
Ch. 3 Equality and Freedom at Creation 59
Ch. 4 The Curse of Noah 86
Ch. 5 National Myths and the Origins of Serfdom 105
Ch. 6 Representations of Contempt and Subjugation 133
Ch. 7 Peasant Bodies, Male and Female 157
Ch. 8 Peasant Warriors and Peasant Liberties 177
Ch. 9 Pious and Exemplary Peasants 204
Ch. 10 The Problem of Servitude: Arbitrary Mistreatment, Symbolic Degradation 239
Ch. 11 Peasant Rebellions of the Late Middle Ages 257
Conclusion: Harmony and Dissonance 289
Notes 307
Bibliography 403
Index 451
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