Society and Culture in Medieval Rouen, 911-1300

Society and Culture in Medieval Rouen, 911-1300


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Rouen, one of the leading cities of medieval Western Europe, has long awaited detailed consideration in English by modern scholars. This book presents exciting new research on the society and culture of medieval Rouen by British and Continental historians. Divided into three sections, addressing space and representation, religious culture, and social networks, the volume is both wide-ranging and tightly focused. The key themes include Rouen's relationship with its environs, image and identity, social and political relationships, and Rouen's status as the 'capital' of Normandy. The essays discuss topics ranging from urban development and charity, the city's aristocratic and ecclesiastical elites, to the Jewish community, and the relationship of the Angevin kings with Rouen. Comparisons and contextualization, as well as detailed maps, make the book valuable to not only readers interested in Rouen and Normandy, but also those who wish to learn more about medieval cities, culture, and society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9782503536651
Publisher: Brepols Publishers
Publication date: 10/23/2013
Series: Studies in the Early Middle Ages Series , #39
Pages: 414
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.17(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations vii

Acknowledgements xi

Preface David Bates xiii

Introduction Elma Brenner Leonie V. Hicks 1

Part I Space and Representation

The Urban Development of Rouen, 989-1345 Bernard Gauthiez 17

Rouen and its Place in the Building Policy of the Angevin Kings Fanny Madeline 65

Rouen as Another Rome in the Twelfth Century Elisabeth Van Houts 101

Through the City Streets: Movement and Space in Rouen as Seen by the Norman Chroniclers Leonie V. Hicks 125

Part II Rouen as a Religious Centre

'Praesul praecipue, atque venerande': The Career of Robert, Archbishop of Rouen, 989-1037 Richard Allen 153

Archbishops and the City: Powers, Conflicts, and Jurisdiction in the Parishes of Rouen (Eleventh-Thirteenth Centuries) Grégory Combalbert 185

Part III Social Networks

Women, Property, and Power: Some Examples from Eleventh-Century Rouen Cartularies Kirsten A. Fenton 227

The Burgesses of Rouen in the Late Twelfth and Early Thirteenth Centuries Manon Six 247

Rouen and the Aristocracy of Angevin Normandy Daniel Power 279

King John and Rouen: Royal Itineration, Kingship, and the Norman 'Capital', c. 1199-c 1204 Paul Webster 309

The Care of the Sick and Needy in Twelfth-and Thirteenth-Century Rouen Elma Brenner 339

The Jews of Rouen in the Eleventh to the Thirteenth Centuries Elma Brenner Leonie V. Hicks 369

Index 383

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