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The Languages of Gift in the Early Middle Ages

The Languages of Gift in the Early Middle Ages

by Wendy Davies, Paul Fouracre


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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)

About the Author

Wendy Davies is Professor of History Emerita at University College London, and an associate member of the History Faculty, University of Oxford. She has wide interests in early medieval social and economic history and her books include Wales in the Early Middle Ages (1982), Small Worlds: The Village Community in Early Medieval Brittany (1988), and Acts of Giving. Individual, Community and Church in Tenth-Century Christian Spain (2007).

Paul Fouracre is Professor of Medieval History and currently Head of History at the University of Manchester. With interests in the political and social history of the Franks, his publications include Late Merovingian France: History and Hagiography 640-720 (with R. Gerberding, 1996), The Age of Charles Martel (2000); and, as editor, The New Cambridge Medieval History, Volume 1 (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

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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