Daily Life in the World of Charlemagne

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 1978 - History - 336 pages
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In the growth of towns and the revival of commerce, historians have seen the development of a bourgeois and capitalist Europe, but Pierre Riché reminds us that Carolingians saw a world of forest and wasteland, in which scattered castles and villages were outposts against the savagery of nature, bands of outlaws, and a myriad of pagan superstitions. Daily Life in the World of Charlemagne gives us a vivid and deeply textured picture of the fear and insecurity that drove people, great and humble alike, to draw together with one another, with their stronger neighbors, and with God and His saints, in search of protection and sustenance.

Riché makes extensive use of modern social history techniques and the tools of new studies on nutrition, disease, demography, and climatology, as well as art history and archaeology, to comprehend the Carolingian mentality and reconstruct the material culture of the early European world.

 

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Contents

Carolingians Abroad
14
Forest Murmurs
24
Monastic Communities
35
T7ie Carolingian Palace
41
A Demographic Approach
47
The Powerful and the People
59
Aristocratic Wealth
67
A Life of Sport and War
74
The Building Trades
152
Furniture and Clothing
159
Lighting Heating and Hygiene
166
Religious Beliefs and Attitudes
181
Religious Training of the Clergy
191
Aristocratic Culture
203
A Liturgical Civilization
230
B Search of Protectors
247

The Ecclesiastical Aristocracy
84
Life at Court
90
Carolingian People
101
Technology and Domestic Occupations
131
Artisan Technology
145
Lay Protectors
259
Protection by the Church and the Saints
269
Chronology
290
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About the author (1978)

Pierre Riche is Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at the University of Paris X (Nanterre) and Former Director of the Center for Research in Late Antiquity and the High Middle Ages. He is the author of The Carolingians: A Family Who Forged Europe, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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