Thursday, 05. December 2019, 14:39

Small Worlds and Wide Horizons

Bernhard Zeller

December 1, 2019 | Bernhard Zeller | HI Research Blog |

Only a couple of weeks ago, the volume Kleine Welten. Ländliche Gesellschaften im Karolingerreich, ed. Thomas Kohl/Steffen Patzold/Bernhard Zeller (Vorträge und Forschungen 87, Sigmaringen 2019) was published. It goes back to a Reichenau conference in 2015. However, its contributions also reflect discussions that were conducted in the context of Walter Pohl’s ERC-Advanced Grant “Social Cohesion, Identity and Religion in Europe, 400-1200”, in the subproject “Small Worlds and Wide Horizons: Local Identities and Their Context”. The contributions present a new view on rural societies in the Carolingian Empire. They study the cooperation of individuals in spaces that were smaller than counties or dioceses. How were these “small worlds” tied into the politics of the realm? How were the rulers’ or elites’ objectives conveyed on the local level? And how were local concerns transported to the court? This book illuminates the sources that allow us to study local societies (archaeology, formulae, charters, hagiography, polyptyques). The second part of the book deals with mediators between the court, the regional elites and the local level, such as priests and office holders. The third section of the book contains regional studies on Bavaria, the middle Rhine, Alamannia, Tuscany and – beyond the Carolingian world – Brittany and northern Iberia.

 

Table of contents:

Steffen PATZOLD, Kleine Welten. Eine Einführung in die Forschung zu lokalen Gesellschaften im Karolingerreich.

Sebastian BRATHER, Frühmittelalterliche Siedlungen und ihr Umfeld. “Kleine Welten” aus archäologischer Sicht.

Matthew INNES/Charles WEST, Saints and Demons in the Carolingian Countryside.

Warren BROWN, Konfliktführung unter Laien im Spiegel der karolingischen Formelsammlungen.

Miriam CZOCK, Geben, vermitteln, schenken. Lokale Gemeinschaft und die Schenkungen für das Seelenheil am Mittelrhein und in den angrenzenden Regionen (circa730–860).

Jean-Pierre DEVROEY, Le petit monde des seigneuries domaniales. Seigneurs, notables et officiers dans les seigneuries royales et ecclésiastiques à l’époque carolingienne.

Hans-Werner GOETZ, Palaiseau. Zur Struktur und Bevölkerung eines frühmittelalterlichen Dorfes in der Grundherrschaft des Klosters Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

Carine VAN RHIJN, Royal Politics in Small Worlds. Local Priests and the Implementation of Carolingian correctio.

Stefan ESDERS, Amt und Bann. Weltliche Funktionsträger (centenarii, vicarii) als Teil ländlicher Gesellschaften im Karolingerreich.

Thomas KOHL, Ländliche Gesellschaft, lokale Eliten und das Reich – Der Wormsgau in der Karolingerzeit.

Bernhard ZELLER, Lokales Urkundenwesen im karolingerzeitlichen Alemannien.

Marco STOFFELLA, Kleine Welten in der Toskana. Lokale Gesellschaft und sozialer Wandel in der Karolingerzeit.

Wendy DAVIES, Small Worlds Beyond Empire. The Contrast Between Eastern Brittany and Northern Iberia.

Mayke DE JONG, Small Worlds in the Carolingian World. A Reflection.