Rural and Urban Aspects of Early Medieval Northwest Europe: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Rural and Urban Aspects of Early Medieval Northwest Europe

1st Edition

By Adriaan Verhulst

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352 pages

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The articles here concern the period from the end of the Roman Empire up to the 10th-11th centuries and the lands between the Loire and the Rhine, most particularly the Low Countries. Rural history forms the subject of the first studies, which focus on the large ’classical’ estates of the Carolingian period. Adriaan Verhulst has argued convincingly that these were medieval creations, not any inheritance from Late Antiquity, and emphasizes their regional differences. The following section, on urban history, consists of three studies on the origins and early development of the key Flemish cities of Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp (this last now in English), and three broader-ranging essays which seriously challenge Pirenne’s long accepted views of town origins. In these the author makes full use of contemporary archaeological research to supplement the scanty written sources and to examine the possibilities of (dis)continuity from Roman times through the early Middle Ages. Cette série d’articles concerne la période allant de la fin de l’Empire romain jusqu’aux 10 et 11e siècles et le territoires situés entre la Loire et le Rhin, avec un attachement plus particulier aux pays bas. Les premières études, qui se concentrent sur les grands domaines ’classiques’ de l’époque carolingienne, ont pour sujet l’histoire rurale. Adriaan Verhulst a soutenu de façon convaincante qu’il s’agissait là de créations médiévales, plutôt que d’un héritage provenu de l’Antiquité tardive, et il en souligne les différences régionales. La section suivante, qui traite de l’histoire urbaine, consiste en trois études sur les origines et le développement des cités flamandes de Gand, Bruges et Anvers, et en trois essais moins spécifiques, qui remettent sérieusement en question les opinions de Pirenne - acceptées de longue date - sur les origines de la ville. Au travers de ces dernières, l’auteur se sert pleinement de la recherche arché

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'The present collection constitutes a reference work of exceptional richness’.'Le Moyen Age (translated from French by JS)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; La genèse du régime domanial classique en France au haut moyen âge; Quelques remarques à propos des corvées de colons à l’époque du Bas-Empire et du haut moyen âge; La diversité du régime domanial entre Loire et Rhin à l’époque carolingienne; Etude comparative du régime domanial classique à l’est et à l’ouest du Rhin à l’époque carolingienne; The agricultural revolution of the Middle Ages reconsidered; Karolingische Agrarpolitik: Das Capitulare de Villis und die Hungersnöte von 792/93 und 805/806; En Basse et Moyenne Belgique pendant le haut moyen âge: différents types de structure domaniale et agraire - un essai d’explication; Le paysage rural en Flandre intérieure: son évolution entre le IXe et le XIIIe siècle; An aspect of the question of continuity between Antiquity and Middle Ages: the origin of the Flemish cities between the North Sea and the Scheldt; The Origins of towns in the Low Countries and the Pirenne thesis; Les origines urbaines dans le Nord-Ouest de l’Europe: essai de synthèse; Early medieval Ghent between two abbeys and the Count’s castle; Les origines et l’histoire ancienne de la ville de Bruges (IXe-XIIe siècles); The origins and early history of Antwerp; Addenda; Index.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

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HISTORY / General