Measure of Multitude by Peter Biller
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Measure of Multitude
By Peter Biller

The Measure of Multitude

Population in Medieval Thought

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Measure of Multitude by Peter Biller

Book Awards

  • Winner of Longman/History Today Book of the Year Prize 2002.

Book Description

Peter Biller's innovative study challenges the view that medieval thought was fundamentally abstract. He shows how, by 1300, medieval men and women were beginning to measure multitude, counting, for example, numbers of boys and girls being baptized. Their mental capacity to grapple with population, to get its measure, was developing, and the author describes how medieval people thought about population through both the texts which contained their thought and the medieval realities which shaped it. He asserts that they found many topics - such as the history of population and variations between polygamy, monogamy and virginity-through theology, and that crusade and travel literature supplied the themes of Muslim polygamy, military numbers, the colonization of the Holy Land, and the populations of Mongolia and China. Translations of Aristotle provided not only new themes but also a new vocabulary with which to think about population. The Measure of Multitude sets academic discussions of population alongside the medieval facts of 'birth, and copulation, and death' to provide a challenging new approach to the study of medieval demographic thought.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198206323
ISBN-10: 0198206321
Format: Hardback
(243mm x 163mm x 32mm)
Pages: 506
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 14-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Handling Sin by Peter Biller Handling Sin, Paperback (October 2013)

Penance and confession were an integral part of medieval religious life; essays explore literary evidence.

Measure of Multitude by Peter Biller Measure of Multitude, Paperback (October 2003)

By 1300, medieval men and women were beginning to measure multitude, counting, for example, numbers of boys and girls being baptized. Their mental capacity to grapple with population was developing, and this book describes how medieval people thought about population.

Heresy and Literacy, 1000-1530 by Peter Biller Heresy and Literacy, 1000-1530, Paperback (June 1996)

Collective volume exploring connections between literacy and heresy in late medieval Europe.

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