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The Languages of Gift in the Early Middle Ages - Wendy Davies

The Languages of Gift in the Early Middle Ages

By: Wendy Davies (Editor), Paul Fouracre (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 18th October 2010
ISBN: 9780521515177
Number Of Pages: 322

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This pioneering volume illuminates the practice of giving, endowing and exchanging gifts in the early Middle Ages, from Anglo-Saxon England to the Islamic world. Focusing especially on the language associated with medieval gift giving, this important new work examines how people visualized and thought about gift giving and, importantly, how they distinguished between the giving of gifts and other social, economic, political and religious exchanges. The authors demonstrate that gift giving was already complex, distinctive and sometimes contentious before the twelfth century and operated within a broad international context. They draw from the sources a deeper understanding of the early Middle Ages by looking at real cases and real people: peasants, the elderly and women, as well as elites. The culture of medieval gift has often been treated as archaic and exotic; this book, by contrast, reveals people going about their lives as individuals in down-to-earth and sometimes familiar ways.

"...solid and wideranging." -Felice Lifshitz, Journal of Interdisciplinary History

List of illustrationsp. vii
List of contributorsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xii
List of abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Giving to God in the Mass: the experience of the Offertoryp. 18
Gifts and prayers: the visualization of gift giving in Byzantium and the mosaics at Hagia Sophiap. 33
The use of the term beneficium in Frankish sources: a society based on favours?p. 62
The gifts of Wearmouth and Jarrowp. 89
The settings of the gift in the reign of Charlemagnep. 116
The queen of the Franks offers gifts to the caliph al-Muktafi'p. 149
Reciprocal gifts on Mount Athos in the tenth and eleventh centuriesp. 171
Compulsory gift exchange in Lombard Italy, 650-1150p. 193
When gift is sale: reciprocities and commodities in tenth-century Christian Iberiap. 217
Conclusionp. 238
Glossaryp. 262
Bibliographyp. 269
Indexp. 300
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ISBN: 9780521515177
ISBN-10: 0521515173
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 322
Published: 18th October 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 16.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.67