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The measure of multitude : population in medieval thought

Author: Peter Biller
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"By 1300 medieval men and women were beginning to measure multitude, counting, for example, numbers of boys and girls being baptized. Their mental capacity to grapple with population, to get its measure, was developing, and this book describes how medieval people thought about population through both the texts which contained their thought and the medieval realities which shaped it. They found many topics, such as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Biller, Peter.
Measure of multitude.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000
(DLC) 2001269735
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Biller
ISBN: 1280445238 9781280445231 9780191542497 0191542490
OCLC Number: 252553087
Awards: Winner of Joint winner of the 2002 Longman/History Today Prize.
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 476 pages, [8] pages of plates) : illustrations
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Introduction to medieval demographic thought --
PART 1. THE CHURCH AND GENERATION --
2. Marriage and the Church's marriage-texts --
Appendix: Guide to Peter the Lombard's Four Books of Sentences --
3. William of Auvergne --
4. Equal or unequal numbers of men and women --
5. The precept of marriage and sufficient multiplication --
6. Avoidance of offspring (i): the general picture --
7. Avoidance of offspring (ii): Canon law and Sentences commentaries --
8. Avoidance of offspring (iii): the pastoral picture --
Appendix: William of Pagula, Oculus sacerdotis --
PART 2. THE MAP OF THE WORLD --
9. Inhabitation of the world --
PART 3. ARISTOTLE AND MULTITUDE --
10. Animals and life-span --
11. The Politics (i): reception --
12. The Politics (ii): age at marriage --
13. The Politics (iii): multitude --
PART 4. THE LIGHT OF COMMON DAY --
14. The bulging circuit of Florence --
Epigraph: The climate of thought.
Responsibility: Peter Biller.
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Peter Biller's innovative study challenges the view that medieval thought was fundamentally abstract. He describes what medieval people 'thought' about population, studying the texts which  Read more...

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