The Peace of God: Social Violence and Religious Response in France Around the Year 1000

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Thomas F. Head, Richard Landes
Cornell University Press, 1992 - History - 364 pages

During the dissolution of the former Carolingian Empire, warfare and plunder went unchecked. An innovative response to this violence was the Church-led initiative known as the Peace of God, perhaps history's earliest mass peace movement. In the thirteen essays collected here, leading scholars consider key aspects of the movement and episodes in its history.

 

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Contents

History Historians and the Peace of God
21
The Cult of Relics and Pilgrimage in Burgundy
41
Reflections on a Vocabulary
58
Early EleventhCentury
80
The Auvergnat Origins
104
The Castellan Revolution and the Peace of
135
The Peace of God and the Cult of the Saints in Aquitaine
165
Popular Participation
184
Andrew of Fleurys Account
219
Monks Feuds and the Making of Peace in Eleventh
239
Protection of the Church Defense of the Law
259
An Aspect of Social Reform
280
The Peace of God and the Social Revolution
308
Selected Documents on the Peace of
327
To Control Military Requisitions A Letter
343
Contributors
351

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About the author (1992)

Thomas Head is Assistant Professor of History at Yale University. He is the author of Hagiography and the Cult of Saints: The Diocese of Orleans. Richard Landes is Assistant Professor of History at Boston University.

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