The Medieval Village

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Courier Corporation, 1989 - History - 603 pages
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In this masterly study, the plight of the serf and the nature of medieval peasant life in general are generally recreated. The late Doctor Couton, noted medievalist and former Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, offers an exceptionally detailed, comprehensive and vivid picture of life in rural Europe six centuries ago. Here are fascinating insights into the nature of serfdom, manorial customs, medieval abbeys, life on a monastic manor, village discipline, peasant revolts, the Black Death, justice, religious education, tithing, games and dances, clothing and more.
 

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Contents

THE OPEN ROAD
1
Beginnings of serfdom 9the fullydeveloped serf 12sales
19
the lawyerclass and the serf
33
THE SPORTING CHANCE 4454
44
BANS AND MONOPOLIES 5564
55
The village selfsufficing 5the lords court 68its pro
73
the serf buys his own blood 79jusprimae noctis 80breeding
88
THE LORDS POWER 105120
105
Elizabeths selfish policy 374not essentially different from that
381
The peasants progress was fitful and unequal 384difficulty
394
The Durham Halmote Rolls
444
Justice and money 44
446
Heriot and mortuary 44
448
Skelton Ware the Hauke 402
462
Jus primae noctis 44
464
Notes on marriage
469

Oppressive lords 105especially on the Continent 107worst
114
EARLIER REVOLTS 121139
121
communistic ideas 127riots at Dunstable Burton and Vale
138
Attempts to represent the Reformation as the main factor
144
THE CHANCES OF LIBERATION 151165
151
Gregory the Great as liberator 151no medieval philosopher
162
For the churchman was forbidden by canon law to free serfs
172
KINDLY CONCESSIONS 178186
178
JUSTICE 187207
187
Justice and money in the Middle Ages 187the monks
197
and resort to rackrenting 199do not always allow for holydays
207
CLEARINGS AND ENCLOSURES 208230
208
they were often sportsmen 215in their best days they planned
221
between lay and monastic landlordism
229
but medieval egalitarianism was scarcely even skindeep 232the
250
Aquinas desiderates an ignorant and mutually distrustful
265
275vendettas
277
church pews and privilege 282monastic banking 284clerical
294
neglected 299robbery of parochial tithes by the monasteries
301
POVERTY UNADORNED 307320
307
The peasant of Saxon times 307his descendant in the thirteenth
320
LABOUR AiND CONSIDERATION 321344
321
Long hours of work 321ravage of war 323famine 326
326
growth of capitalism and plague of usury 327all men despise
332
conditions of parish life 336persecution by taxcollectors
341
As the peasant improves his discontent grows 345medieval
356
Monastic no less unpopular than lay landlords 357their con
367
other affrays 96a peasants cottage and effects 99clothing
378
Marriage and kinship
471
Leynvite
477
Gleaning
479
Games
480
Illegal oppressions 402
482
Freemen reduced to bondage
486
The customs of Darnell and Over
489
Slavery in the Roman Church
491
Records of bondage
498
Manumission and money
499
Lay and ecclesiastical manumissions
503
Incomplete manumissions
505
Gratians authority
507
Monks and hunting
508
Lay and monastic clearings
512
Peasant civilisation
516
Peasant saints
526
Punishments
527
Sabbatarianism
530
Peasant and priest in Italy
532
Priests and people
533
Janssen on the Peasants Revolt
540
Natural Law
543
PostReformation peasantry
547
Farther corroborative evidence
555
INDEX
571
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