Rethinking the "small worlds" of tenth-century Galicia

Portass, Robert (2013) Rethinking the "small worlds" of tenth-century Galicia. Studia Historica. Historia Medieval, 31 . pp. 83-103. ISSN 0213-2060

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This article aims to examine the internal dynamics of the village world
of tenth-century Galicia by means of a close analysis of documents from the cartulary of
Celanova. It seeks to shed light on the dynamism of peasant social experience by examining
the horizontal bonds that existed among villagers and their neighbours. This article attempts
to offer an alternative to readings which analyses peasantries simply in order to demonstrate
their progressive subjection. In place of the teleology implicit in this interpretation, this
article suggests that by recognizing that some peasants actively courted the assistance and
opportunities for business that their neighbours and local monastic institutions provided,
we can better appreciate the complexity of peasant social experience.

Additional Information:I also co-ordinated this volume and was co-author of the preface.
Keywords:Social Relations, Peasants, Land Market
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
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Deposited On:25 May 2015 20:42

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