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Medieval Frontier Societies

Robert Bartlett and Angus MacKay


This study of the nature of frontiers and frontier societies in the Middle Ages focuses on those between England and Scotland, Wales and Ireland, Castile and Granada, and on the Elbe. It examines the consequences for frontier societies of being located in areas of cross-cultural contact, and often confrontation. Institutions, expectations, and even local family structures are shown to have been products of an environment of long-term and ubiquitous fighting. But, devices also developed in frontier societies for mediation, arbitration, and negotiation. Interaction between different religions, l ... More

Keywords: frontiers, frontier societies, Middle Ages, cross-cultural contact, confrontation, mediation, arbitration, negotiation, medieval Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198203612
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203612.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Bartlett, editor
University of Chicago

Angus MacKay, editor
University of Edinburgh

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