Medieval Violence: Physical Brutality in Northern France, 1270-1330 by Hannah SkodaMedieval Violence: Physical Brutality in Northern France, 1270-1330 by Hannah Skoda

Medieval Violence: Physical Brutality in Northern France, 1270-1330

byHannah Skoda

Paperback | June 3, 2015

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Medieval Violence provides a detailed analysis of the practice of medieval brutality, focusing on a thriving region of northern France in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. It examines how violence was conceptualised in this period, and uses this framework to investigatestreet violence, tavern brawls, urban rebellions, student misbehaviour, and domestic violence. The interactions between these various forms of violence are examined in order to demonstrate the complex and communicative nature of medieval brutality. What is often dismissed as dysfunctional behaviouris shown to have been highly strategic and socially integral. Violence was a performance, dependent upon the spaces in which it took place. Indeed, brutality was contingent upon social and cultural structures. At the same time, the common stereotype of the thoughtlessly brutal Middle Ages is challenged, as attitudes towards violence are revealed to have beencomplex, troubled, and ambivalent. Whether violence could function effectively as a form of communication which could order and harmonise society, or whether it inevitably degenerated into chaotic disorder where meaning was multivalent and incomprehensible, remained a matter of ongoing debate in avariety of contexts. Using a variety of source material, including legal records, popular literature, and sermons, Hannah Skoda explores experiences of, and attitudes towards, violence, and highlights profound contemporary ambiguity concerning its nature and legitimacy.
Hannah Skoda is Tutorial Fellow in History at St John's College, Oxford. She has published on the subject of concepts of the law in medieval France, co-editing an interdisciplinary volume on legalism with the anthropologist, Paul Dresch, and she is currently embarking on research into the misbehaviour of students in fifteenth-century ...
Title:Medieval Violence: Physical Brutality in Northern France, 1270-1330Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.03 inPublished:June 3, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198737874

ISBN - 13:9780198737872


Table of Contents

Introduction1. Grammars of Violence2. Violence on the Street in Paris and Artois3. 'Oes comme il fierent grans caus !': Tavern violence in thirteenth- and early fourteenth-century Paris and Artois4. Student Violence in Thirteenth- and Early Fourteenth-Century Paris5. Urban Uprisings6. Domestic Violence in Paris and ArtoisConclusion

Editorial Reviews

"Skoda not only fills an important lacuna but also articulates, in a highly nuanced manner, how violence functioned as a popular form of communication and was integral to premodern communities sense of self. Interdisciplinarity was a prerequisite for this book, and Skoda's is an accomplishedone. She has gone where earlier social and criminal historians were reluctant to venture... The result is a thought-provoking cultural history of premodern and mainly urban violence that will be read with great profit, especially by social and urban historians, and by students of violence ingeneral." --Guy Geltner, Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis 27/06/2014