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The Measure of MultitudePopulation in Medieval Thought$
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Peter Biller

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199265596

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265596.001.0001

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Inhabitation of the World

Inhabitation of the World

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The Measure of Multitude

Peter Biller

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews medieval texts concerning geography, the Holy Land, conversion, and population beyond Latin Christendom. There is the direct evidence: texts read and written by the literate minority. There is also a no-longer recoverable mental world of ‘population geography’: ordinary men and women's picture of the peopling of their own families, villages, towns, cities, kingdom, far-off countries, and the world. The texts look remote, for in style and content they went back to classical Greece and Rome and changes in them came about in part through intellectual developments in the schools. But there will have been connections as well as distances and differences between the mental world of a monk teaching geography at St Victor in Paris and the mental world of a trader or farmer in the Île-de-France, living in the same region and at the same time.

Keywords:   geography, Holy Land, population, medieval texts

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