Northwest Europe in the Early Middle Ages, c.AD 600–1150 : A Comparative Archaeology.Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013Copyright date: ©2013Description: 1 online resource (492 pages)Content type:
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- D121 .L68 2013
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Intro -- Contents -- Maps -- Illustrations -- Acknowledgements -- Maps of places mentioned in the text -- Drawing conventions for site plans -- Part I Context -- 1 Introduction -- 2 The social fabric of Northwest Europe, AD 600-1150: paradigms and perspectives -- The Age of the Carolingians, AD 600-900: diversity and connectivity -- The rural world: lordship, status and independence -- Trade and towns: connections and definitions -- The so-called `feudal´ centuries, AD 900-1150: competition and social mobility -- The rural world: dynamism and constraint -- Towns and urban societies: competition, portable wealth and social mobility -- Scope and structure of the thematic analyses -- Part II The Age of the Carolingians, c. AD 600-900 -- 3 Small farming communities of West Francia, AD 600-900 -- Settlement continuities and discontinuities, AD 500-600 -- Hamlets and single farmsteads: lifestyles and hierarchies -- France north of the River Loire -- France south of the River Loire -- Flanders and the southern Netherlands to the River Rhine -- Expanded horizons and complexity -- 4 Larger farming communities, specialist producers and collectors in West Francia, AD 600-900 -- Nucleated settlements and polyfocal settlement clusters -- Settlement morphologies -- Churches and spaces for the dead -- Production, consumption and social networks -- Nucleated settlements: estate centres, parochial centres and foci for resource collection and redistribution -- 5 Farming communities of Anglo-Saxon England and the Atlantic fringes, AD 600-900 -- Hamlets and small household hierarchies in Anglo-Saxon England -- Watery margins -- Uplands -- Cereal-based landscapes of lowland England -- Larger settlements and administrative centres of farming territories -- Trends from Atlantic Britain and Ireland -- 6 Expressions of leadership and models for emulation, AD 500-900.
Approaches to the definition of early medieval elites from archaeological remains -- Identification and creation of elites, c. AD 500-700 -- Burial practices, commemorative monuments and burial structures -- Settlement evidence for hierarchical and functional differentiation of elites -- Representations of entangled royal, imperial and ecclesiastical power: the model of the Carolingians, AD 750-900 -- 7 Conspicuous consumption and secular authority in the landscape, AD 650-900 -- Secular centres of consumption, display and administration -- Anglo-Saxon England and West Francia compared -- The northern and western British Isles -- Watermills and control of processing of cereals -- Polyfocal central places: the entanglement of elite foci of consumption, administration and patronage -- 8 Diocesan towns, AD 600-900 -- Roman legacy in West Francia and problems of perception -- Physical and social character in West Francia: spaces of the living and the dead -- The debate over episcopal power and its manifestation in the British Isles -- 9 Ports and maritime-oriented societies, AD 600-900 -- Perceptions of the lands edge, seaways and seafarers -- Ports in context -- Life on the edge: coastal societies and maritime networks -- Eastern England from the Humber estuary to the Fens -- Coastal Flanders and Frisia -- The Channel and the Atlantic Approaches -- Peopling ports: the dynamics of portable wealth and social change -- Part III From the Viking Age to Angevin Hegemony, c. AD 900-1150 -- 10 Transformations in architectures and settings of public power, AD 900-1150 -- Fortifications and fortified rural residences to AD 950 -- New symbols of governmental power in West Francia, AD 950-1100 -- Architectures of imperium and lordship in Norman and early Plantagenet Britain and France, AD c. 1050-1180.
11 The rural world, AD 900-1150: lifestyles of old and new aristocracies -- Aristocratic lifestyles: conspicuous consumption, profligate waste and household leisure pursuits -- Markers of power and authority in the landscape: hunting, warfare, pilgrimage and memorialisation -- 12 The rural world, AD 900-1150: social mobility, landscape reorganisation and colonisation -- Local notables and nucleated settlements: from free proprietors to local lords, AD 900-1050 -- Colonisation by conquest and by creating new landscapes, AD 950-1150 -- 13 Major ports and merchant patricians as catalysts for social change, AD 900-1100 -- Maritime networks and major ports, c. AD 850-950: decline and transformation -- Patrons, merchant dynamism and new hinterland relationships, AD 900-1000 -- Merchant patricians, global networks and social change, AD 950-1100 -- 14 Towns as regional centres and urban diversity, AD 900-1150 -- The diversity of towns and urban growth in northwest Europe, AD 900-1150 -- Towns as regional central places in West Francia, AD 900-1150 -- Towns as regional central places in Britain, AD 900-1150 -- The development of new ports, small towns and `rural boroughs´, AD 1000-1150 -- 15 Final conclusions -- The impact of behavioural settings, role and `materiality´ -- Lordship and the dynamism of rural and mercantile communities -- Bibliography -- Index.
Using the most recently discovered archaeological and textual evidence, Christopher Loveluck explores the transformation of Northwest Europe, from AD 600 to 1150.
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