Popular protest in late-Medieval Europe: Italy, France and by Samuel Kline Cohn Jr

By Samuel Kline Cohn Jr

The records during this stimulating quantity span from 1245 to 1424 yet specialize in the 'contagion of uprising' from 1355 to 1382 that within the wake of the plague. They contain a variety of resources and canopy various sorts of renowned protest in several social, political and monetary settings. Their authors diversity throughout a large political and highbrow horizon and contain revolutionaries, the artistocracy, retailers and representatives from the church. They inform gripping and sometimes ugly tales of non-public and collective violence, pain, anger, terror, bravery, and foolishness.

Of over two hundred files awarded right here, such a lot were translated into English for the 1st time, supplying scholars and students with a brand new chance to match social pursuits throughout Europe over centuries, permitting a second look of pre-industrial revolts, the Black demise and its effects for political tradition and action.

This publication could be crucial interpreting for these looking to greater comprehend well known attitudes and protest in medieval Europe.

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And as they have paid these 2,400 pounds we acknowledge this payment and acquit them of the aforementioned crime … As attested in these sealed letters affirmed with our seal at Winendale,15 in the year of Our Lord 1281, the Saturday after the feast of Saint-Denis [11 October]. 7 Revolt against the mayor and city council of Rouen in 1281 A. Giry, Les etablissements de Rouen: Etudes sur l’histoire des institutions municipales (Paris, 1883), I, 41, cited from the Chronicon ms. ecclesiae Rotomagensis.

The contado was for the most part the original countryside around Florence before it began conquering previously independent city-states with their own belts of countryside. The two were subjected to different laws and measures of taxation. For a more detailed discussion of the Florentine territory and its historical development, see Cohn, Creating the Florentine State, pp. pp. 7–8, 15–16, 178, and 198–9. 18 POPULAR PROTEST IN LATE MEDIEVAL EUROPE For any inkling of grain riots before the Black Death one has to turn to the Mediterranean years of dearth in the late 1320s.

Guenée, States and Rulers in Later Medieval Europe, tr. Juliet Vale (Oxford, 1985); L’Occident aux XIVe et XVe siècles (Paris, 1971, 2nd edn 1981), pp. 194–5. Fourquin, The Anatomy of Popular Rebellion, pp. 24–5, has made similar claims. See the conclusion of Mollat and Wolff, Popular Revolutions, pp. 271–317. The theme of rituals of violence and revolt has had rich vein of research for the early 10 POPULAR PROTEST IN LATE MEDIEVAL EUROPE New comparative research on popular protest in the Middle Ages should reach beyond its own chronological boundaries and be of use to other scholars, especially historians and sociologists of modern and early-modern Europe, who have built models about crowds and popular protest for the ‘pre-industrial’ past to understand the distinctiveness of the modern and contemporary world.

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