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- DescriptionEarly in the eighth century, the current of the Muslim movement that inundated rthern Spain crept over the Pyrenees to spread across a portion of the French Midi. From the rth the tide of Carolingian conquest forced the Muslims back and took in these same southern French and rthern Spanish provinces. During the same era the Vikings raided intermittently and with varying degrees of intensity along the seacoasts and up the inland waterways, sometimes controlling considerable areas for extended periods. These raids and conquests inevitably affected the way of life of the people of southern France and Catalonia. Contemporary travelers and later scholars have ted that the feudal traditions and obligations that were so strong in the rth seemed very weak or nexistent in the south. They found that the land seemed to be held largely as allods, t as feudal fiefs; they saw that women held positions of surprising power, that throughout the area there was great emphasis on money, and that the traditions of Roman and Visigothic law still survived. Although scholars have ted these differences, one has made a comprehensive study of southern French and Catalan society as a whole. It is to fill this void that Archibald Lewis provides this volume. In a detailed and scholarly study, based largely upon original records and chronicles, he examines the familial, social, ecomic, governmental, military, and religious life of the area from 718 to 1050 A.D. Lewis gives as comprehensive a picture as the records will permit of the society that existed in the early eighth century, describes and discusses the major changes which took place during the next three centuries, and analyzes their causes and effects. This study, which includes careful and detailed tes and an extensive bibliography, provides a reliable and long-needed reference tool.
- Author BiographyArchibald Lewis (1914-1990) was born in Bronxville, New York. He received his Ph.D. degree at Princeton University in 1940. He has had works published in journals such as Speculum, Le Moyen Age, and Polish Review. Among his books are Naval Power and Trade in the Mediterranean A.D. 500-1100 and The Northern Seas A.D. 300-1100.
- Author(s)Archibald R. Lewis
- PublisherUniversity of Texas Press
- Date of Publication15/02/2011
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationAustin, TX
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Texas Press
- Content Note5 maps
- Weight712 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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