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The Measure of Multitude: Population in Medieval Thought

Peter Biller


By 1300, medieval men and women were beginning to measure multitude, counting, for example, numbers of boys and girls being baptized. Their mental capacity to grapple with population, to get its measure, was developing and this book describes how medieval people thought about population through both the texts which contained their thought and the medieval realities which shaped it. They found many topics, such as the history of population and variations between polygamy, monogamy and virginity, through theology. Crusade and travel literature supplied the themes of Muslim polygamy, military num ... More

Keywords: multitude, population, polygamy, monogamy, virginity, Crusades, Islam, Holy Land, Mongolia, China

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199265596
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265596.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Biller, author
Professor of History, University of York