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The measure of multitude: population in medieval thought

Author: Peter Biller
Publisher: Oxford Oxford University Press 2003
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Biller
ISBN: 0199265593 9780199265596 0198206321 9780198206323
OCLC Number: 902254443
Awards: Winner of Joint winner of the 2002 Longman/History Today Prize.
Description: 476 p.
Contents: 1. Introduction to Medieval Demographic Thought ; PART 1: THE CHURCH AND GENERATION ; 2. Marriage and the Church's Marriage-Texts ; 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 ; 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 ; THE LIGHT OF COMMON DAY ; 14. The Bulging Circuit of Florence ; Epigraph: The Climate of Thought ; Bibliography ; Index of Manuscripts ; General Index
Responsibility: Peter Biller.

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