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Slaves and warriors in Medieval Britain and Ireland, 800-1200

Wyatt, David 2009. Slaves and warriors in Medieval Britain and Ireland, 800-1200. The Northern World, vol. 45. Boston: Brill Academic Publishers.

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Abstract

Modern sensibilities have clouded historical views of slavery, perhaps more so than any other medieval social institution. Anachronistic economic rationales and notions about the progression of European civilisation have immeasurably distorted our view of slavery in the medieval context. As a result historians have focussed their efforts upon explaining the disappearance of this medieval institution rather than seeking to understand it. This book highlights the extreme cultural/social significance of slavery for the societies of medieval Britain and Ireland c. 800-1200. Concentrating upon the … read morelifestyle, attitudes and motivations of the slave-holders and slave-raiders, it explores the violent activities and behavioural codes of Britain and Ireland’s warrior-centred societies, illustrating the extreme significance of the institution of slavery for constructions of power, ethnic identity and gender.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CB History of civilization
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D111 Medieval History
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN: 9789004175334
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Last Modified: 20 Oct 2017 08:36
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/21678

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