Slavery in Early Mediaeval England: From the Reign of Alfred Until the Twelfth Century

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Boydell & Brewer, 1995 - History - 375 pages
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"At last a major topic in early medieval English history has found its author, who deals with it comprehensively and systematically."ECONOMIC HISTORY REVIEW "A landmark teatment...immensely enriches the debate about early medieval working classes." SPECULUM Slaves were part of the fabric of English society throughout the Anglo-Saxon era and the twelfth century, but as the base of the social pyramid, they have left no known written records; there are, however, extensive references to them throughout the documents and writings of the period. This important study seeks to assemble the evidence, drawn from a variety of sources in Old English and Latin, to convey a picture of slaves and slavery in England, viewed against the background of English society as a whole. An extensive appendix on the vernacular terminology of slavery reveals the concepts of enslavement to be embedded in the religious imagery of the period. DAVID PELTERET is Senior Research Fellow, Department of History, King's College London.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
The Changing Nature of Society in the AngloSaxon Era
24
The Scope of this Study
38
The Scandinavian Influence
46
LAWS
80
Value of Chattels according to Dunscete 7
86
Analysis of the Slaves Freed in Ethelgifus Will
113
Slaves Freed in the Wills
129
Landholdings of Bouarii on Peterborough Estates in A D 1125 x
199
Number of Serui and Ploughs Recorded at Three Different Times
206
Ploughs and Men on Worcestershire Estates
214
Composition of the Population on Estates Belonging to St Marys
222
Conclusion
232
CONCLUSION
241
When and Why did Slavery Disappear in England?
251
The Old English Terminology of Servitude
261

MANUMISSIONDOCUMENTS
131
Details of Payments Recorded in the ManumissionDocuments
152
CHARTERS SURVEYS
164
DOMESDAY BOOK
185
Putative Domesday Circuits
187
Analysis of Sections 3 and 5 of Aithelgifus Will
331
General Index
367
Index of Manuscripts
374
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Pelteret is Senior Research Fellow, Department of History, King's College London.

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