Violence in Medieval Society

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Violence was endemic in the medieval world, to an extent most modern people find shocking. Violence was part and parcel of the public world of institutions (church, state, chivalry) and the private world of households. In an age of dynamic expansion it was present everywhere, and contemporary response to it was contradictory: it was both wrong and at the same time a regulatory feature of society. This book brings together the views of a number of scholars on aspects of violence in medieval society, in England and...

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Overview

Violence was endemic in the medieval world, to an extent most modern people find shocking. Violence was part and parcel of the public world of institutions (church, state, chivalry) and the private world of households. In an age of dynamic expansion it was present everywhere, and contemporary response to it was contradictory: it was both wrong and at the same time a regulatory feature of society. This book brings together the views of a number of scholars on aspects of violence in medieval society, in England and the larger canvas of western Europe, from the eleventh to the fifteenth century. There is analysis of the tension between the practice of violence and hopes for reform; discussion of violence in literature; examination of assertive political acts and judicial duels and tournaments; and observations on the domestic scene and resistance to seigneurial impositions. Professor RICHARD W. KAEUPER teaches in the Department of History at the University of Rochester. Contributors: SARAH KAY, RICHARD W. KAEUPER, MATTHEW STRICKLAND, SEYMOUR PHILLIPS, M.L. BOHNA, PAUL HYAMS, AMY PHELAN, JULIET VALE, MALCOLM VALE, JAMES A. BRUNDAGE, BARBARA A. HANAWALT, EDMUND FRYDE

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780851157740
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/22/2000
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1 The Sublime Body of the Martyr: Violence in Early Romance Saints' Lives 3
2 Chivalry and the 'Civilizing Process' 21
3 A Law of Arms or a Law of Treason? Conduct in War in Edward I's Campaigns in Scotland, 1296-1307 39
4 Simon de Montfort (1265), The Earl of Manchester (1644), and Other Stories: Violence and Politics in Thirteenth- and Early Fourteenth-Century England 79
5 Political and Criminal Violence in Fifteenth-Century England 91
6 Does it Matter when the English Began to Distinguish between Crime and Tort? 107
7 Trailbaston and Attempts to Control Violence in the Reign of Edward I 129
8 Violence and the Tournament 143
9 Aristocratic Violence: Trial by Battle in the Later Middle Ages 159
10 Domestic Violence in Classical Canon Law 183
11 Violence in the Domestic Milieu of Late Medieval England 197
12 Economic Depression in England in the Second and Third Quarters of the Fifteenth Century: Effective Resistances of Tenants to Landlords as One of its Consequences. Defiances and Rent Strikes 215
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