Power, Crisis and Humanity in Rural Catalonia, 1140-1200
By (author) T. N. Bisson
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Tormented Voices by T. N. Bisson
Book DescriptionMute in life as in death, peasants of remote history rarely speak to us in their own voices. But Thomas Bisson's engagement with the records of several hundred 12th-century people of rural Catalonia enables us to hear these voices. The peasants' allegations of abuse while in the service of their common lord the Count of Barcelona and his son the King reveal a perspective on the meaning of power both by those who felt and feared it, and by those who wielded it. These records - original parchments, dating much earlier than other comparable records of European peasant life - name peasants in profusion and relate some of their stories. Bisson describes these peasants socially and culturally, showing how their experience figured in a wider crisis of power from the 12th century. His history considers demography, naming patterns, gender, occupational identities, and habitats, as well as power, coercion, and complaint and the moralities of faith, honour and shame. He concludes with reflections on the historical meanings of violence and suffering.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674895287
(210mm x 140mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 28-Aug-1998
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - T. N. Bisson
Thomas N. Bisson is Henry Charles Lea Professor of Medieval History, Harvard University. Among his publications are Fiscal Accounts of Catalonia under the Early Count-Kings (1151--1213) and The Medieval Crown of Aragon: A Short History.
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