Witnesses, Neighbors, and Community in Late Medieval Marseille

Hardcover | March 7, 2013

bySusan Alice Mcdonough

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In late medieval Marseille, large segments of society showed up in court - fishmongers, sailors, widows, maids, petty lenders, Jews, and Christians - where they argued, cursed, charged, and counter-charged. In the process, they pushed aside Roman and municipal laws to construct their own vernacular code of morality. Witnesses, Neighbors, and Community in Late Medieval Marseille asks how, in a time of crisis, medieval citizens developed an independent sense of ethics based on the needs of their families, neighbors, and clients. Witness testimony from Marseille's court records forms the documentary heart of this book, offering a window onto the dynamics of the city's neighborhoods. Using the role of witness, humble people, often women, became the arbiters of their communities.

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In late medieval Marseille, large segments of society showed up in court - fishmongers, sailors, widows, maids, petty lenders, Jews, and Christians - where they argued, cursed, charged, and counter-charged. In the process, they pushed aside Roman and municipal laws to construct their own vernacular code of morality. Witnesses, Neighbor...

Susan McDonough is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, USA. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University and has been the Audrey Lumsen-Kouvel/Mellon Fellow at the Newberry Library.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:252 pages, 10.01 × 5.67 × 0.79 inPublished:March 7, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230391990

ISBN - 13:9780230391994

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1: The Political, Legal, and Moral Landscape
2: The Record, the Restrictions, and the Roles of Witnesses
3: All in the Family: Wealth and Poverty, Grief and Inheritance
4: The Law, The Neighbors, And the Mad: Conflicts over Managing Disorder
5: In the Wake of Violence: Witnesses Rebuilding their Communities
Conclusion

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"[An] engaging and beautifully written book." -Medieval Feminist Forum