State and Society in the Early Middle Ages: The Middle Rhine Valley, 400–1000
This book, first published in 2000, is a pioneering study of politics and society in the early Middle Ages. Whereas it is widely believed that the source materials for early medieval Europe are too sparse to allow sustained study of the workings of social and political relationships on the ground, this book focuses on a uniquely well-documented area to investigate the basis of power. Topics covered include the foundation of monasteries, their relationship with the laity, and their role as social centres; the significance of urbanism; the control of land, the development of property rights and the organization of states; community, kinship and lordship; justice and dispute settlement; the uses of the written word; violence and the feud; and the development of political structures from the Roman empire to the high Middle Ages.
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3 LAND KINSHIP AND STATUS
COLLECTIVE ACTION CONFLICT AND CONSENSUS
MECHANISMS OF EXTRACTION
6 POLITICAL POWER FROM THE FIFTH TO THE ELEVENTH CENTURY
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abbey abbot action active aristocratic benefices bishop bishop of Worms brother Cancor Carolingian Carolingian period centre Charlemagne Charles the Bald charter evidence Chrodegang church Conrad Count Rupert court defined Dienheim dispute documents donations early medieval early middle ages east Frankish eighth century Einhard elite estates father’s Francia Fulda Geschichte Gesellschaft gifts of land Gockel Gorze grave-goods Guntram Hanover haribannus Hatto Heimerich Hraban important inherited kings kinship Kloster Ladenburg localities lordship Lorsch Lorsch and Fulda Lothar Lotharingia Louis the German Louis the Pious Mainz Megingoz Merovingian Metz MGH Cap middle Rhine Mittelalter monastery monastic monks ninth century ofthe organisation Otakar Ottonian pagus patrons patterns political power recorded regional relationship ritual royal patronage rural Schwanheim Seligenstadt settlement seventh century Sigmaringen social society Staab structures tion transactions villa Wackernheim Werner whilst Wissembourg witness Worms