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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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Livestock, Landscape and Power in Early Medieval England

7th February 2017, 17:30, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library, Dr Rosamond Faith, (University of Oxford)

This event is free to attend and open to all and will be followed by a drinks reception in the Courtyard Café, Palace Green Library.

Abstract: This seminar will propose that we might look to livestock, its ownership and its management as a way of approaching the nature of power in early medieval England. I take some well-known ‘royal centres’ and look for the role that cattle in particular may have played in the way that power was expressed at them, and suggest that we should look again at the political nature of the ‘small shires’ which have been so important in landscape history.

Dr Rosamond Faith is the author of 'The English Peasantry and the Growth of Lordship' (1997) and co-author of Debby Banham and Rosamond Faith, 'Anglo-Saxon Farms and Farming' (2015). Her MS in from the University of Oxford, her PhD from the then Centre for English Local History, University of Leicester. She has written on peasant life and economy in the middle ages in England and Provence and is currently working on a book on ‘The Moral Economy of the Peasantry in Early Medieval England’.

Register here for this and other seminars in the Landscapes series taking place during Epiphany Term (16th January - 17th March 2017).

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