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Images of the medieval peasant

Author: Paul Freedman
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 1999.
Series: Figurae (Stanford, Calif.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Freedman
ISBN: 0804733724 9780804733724 0804733732 9780804733731
OCLC Number: 39627548
Description: xvi, 459 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Marginality and Centrality of Peasants --
Ch. 1. Peasant Labor and the Limits of Mutuality --
Ch. 2. The Breakdown of Mutuality: Laments over the Mistreatment of Peasants --
Ch. 3. Equality and Freedom at Creation --
Ch. 4. The Curse of Noah --
Ch. 5. National Myths and the Origins of Serfdom --
Ch. 6. Representations of Contempt and Subjugation --
Ch. 7. Peasant Bodies, Male and Female --
Ch. 8. Peasant Warriors and Peasant Liberties --
Ch. 9. Pious and Exemplary Peasants --
Ch. 10. The Problem of Servitude: Arbitrary Mistreatment, Symbolic Degradation --
Ch. 11. Peasant Rebellions of the Late Middle Ages --
Conclusion: Harmony and Dissonance.
Series Title: Figurae (Stanford, Calif.)
Responsibility: Paul Freedman.
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This book examines the conflicting images of peasants from the post-Carolingian period to the German Peasants' War-how they were represented as subhuman yet as close to God; as contemptible yet as  Read more...

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"Freedman's command of material drawn from all over Europe is impressive and anyone interested in the medieval or early modern German peasantry will profit greatly from reading this book." -- Read more...

 
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