The Margins of Society in Late Medieval Paris

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 27, 2006 - History - 319 pages
This book discusses the 'marginal' people of late medieval Paris, the large and shifting group of men and women who existed on the margins of conventional organized society. Professor Geremek examines the various groups which made up the marginal world - beggars, prostitutes, procuresses and pimps, petty criminals, casual workers and the unemployed - their haunts in and around Paris, their way of life, and their relation to 'normal' society. Professor Geremek has made with this book a major contribution to the study of late medieval society which illuminates the little-known area of the medieval underworld in a fascinating and very accessible manner. Translated by Jean Birrell from the French edition of 1976, this edition includes a new introduction by Jean-Claude Schmitt, which offers a frank appraisal of the author's life and career to date.
 

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Contents

Crime and punishment
12
Legislation against vagabondage
29
THE SOURCES
44
Parlement and the royal chancellery
62
The housing problem
78
THE CRIMINAL AND HIS GROUP
95
Criminal ties
109
CLERKS AND BOHEMIANS
135
Charity and its recipients
179
The beggars
192
THE WORLD OF PROSTITUTION
211
THE WORLD OF WORK AND THE WORLD
242
THE BOUNDARIES OF THE MARGINAL WORLD
270
Conclusion
300
Note on the original documents used for this work
310
Copyright

Jongleurs and performers
159

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