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Visions of Kinship in Medieval Europe

Hans Hummer


What meaning did human kinship possess in a world regulated by biblical time, committed to the primacy of spiritual relationships, and bound by the sinews of divine love? In the process of exploring that question, this book offers a searching re-examination of kinship in Europe between late Roman times and the high Middle Ages, the period bridging Europe’s primitive past and its modern present. It critiques the modernist and Western bio-genealogical and functionalist assumptions that have shaped kinship studies since their inception in the nineteenth century, when biblical time collapsed and k ... More

Keywords: family, kinship, bio-genealogical, biblical, ontology, anthropological, medieval

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198797609
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198797609.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hans Hummer, author
Associate Professor of History, Wayne State University