Urban and Rural Communities in Medieval France: Provence and Languedoc, 1000-1500

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Kathryn Louise Reyerson, John Victor Drendel
BRILL, 1998 - History - 333 pages
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This volume deals with the evolution of urban and rural communities in Provence and Languedoc in the high and late Middle Ages. Contributions by thirteen French, American, and Canadian scholars address recent insights in historical research and suggest directions for future investigation. The urban and rural worlds are treated separately in studies of the growth of communities in their political, topographical, social, and economic dimensions. Then the intersection of these worlds is explored through the intricate interrelations of town and country in these regions. Notarial registers are particularly rich sources of evidence for these scholars who are mindful of the southern French tradition of Roman and written law which underpinned both urban and rural institutions as they emerged in the course of the medieval period.
 

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Contents

The Notariate in the Consular Towns of Septimanian
3
Notaries Courts and the Legal Culture of Late
23
Chapter 2 Table
31
Chapter 3 Figure
40
Urban Expansion in Languedoc from the Eleventh
51
Chapter 3 Figure
57
Chapter 3 Appendix 1 Table
69
Immigration
73
Village and Town
163
Chapter 7 Map
166
Chapter 9 Table
181
Its Role in the Economy
193
Notarial Practice in Rural Provence in
209
Toulon
239
Chapter 10 Map
243
Reflections on the Economic
253

Chapter 4 Map
81
Vlll LIST OF TABLES FIGURES AND MAPS
86
Women Family and Immigration
101
Village Communities of the Plain and the Mountain
131
The Peasant Citizens of Marseille at the Turn
275
Catharism in the Family in Languedoc in
291
Index
315
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Kathryn L. Reyerson, Ph.D. (1974) in Medieval Studies, Yale University, is Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. She has published on medieval social and economic history, including "Business, Banking and Finance in Medieval Montpellier" and "Society, Law, and Trade in Medieval Montpellier." John Drendel, Ph.D., University of Toronto, Centre for Medieval Studies, with an advanced degree from the Universite de Provence, is Assistant Professor of History at the Universite de Quebec a Montreal. His publications include Studies of Credit, Village Society, and Village Institutions in Fourteenth-century Provence.

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