Images of the Medieval Peasant

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Stanford University Press, 1999 - History - 459 pages
This book examines conflicting images of peasants from the post-Carolingian period to the German Peasants' War. It relates the representation of peasants to debates about how society should be organized (specifically, to how human equality at Creation led to subordination), how slavery and serfdom could be assailed or defended, and how peasants themselves structured and justified their demands.

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Contents

Marginality and Centrality of Peasants
1
Peasant Labor and the Limits of Mutuality
15
Equality and Freedom at Creation
59
The Curse of Noah
86
Representations of Contempt and Subjugation
133
Peasant Bodies Male and Female
157
Arbitrary
239
Peasant Rebellions of the Late Middle Ages
257
Harmony and Dissonance
289
Bibliography
403
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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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