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Slavery After Rome, 500-1100

Alice Rio


This book offers a substantially new interpretation of what happened to slavery in Western Europe in the centuries that followed the fall of the Roman Empire. The periods at either end of the early middle ages are associated with iconic forms of unfreedom: Roman slavery at one end; at the other, the serfdom of the twelfth century and beyond, together with, in Southern Europe, a revitalized urban chattel slavery dealing chiefly in non-Christians. How and why this major change took place in the intervening period has been a long-standing puzzle. This book picks up the various threads linking the ... More

Keywords: slavery, early middle ages, peasants, social history, economic history, history of law, legal practice

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198704058
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704058.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alice Rio, author
Reader in Medieval European History, King's College London

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Part I Diversity: Ways in and Ways Out

Part II Regularities: The Logic of Diversity

Part III The Institutional Framework: Continuity and Change

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