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The Resource Lords' rights and peasant stories : writing and the formation of tradition in the later Middle Ages, Simon Teuscher ; translated by Philip Grace

Lords' rights and peasant stories : writing and the formation of tradition in the later Middle Ages, Simon Teuscher ; translated by Philip Grace

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Lords' rights and peasant stories : writing and the formation of tradition in the later Middle Ages
Title
Lords' rights and peasant stories
Title remainder
writing and the formation of tradition in the later Middle Ages
Statement of responsibility
Simon Teuscher ; translated by Philip Grace
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Subject
Language
  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
"In the mid-nineteenth century, Jacob Grimm published a collection of late medieval records of local law--called Weistümer--that was scarcely less comprehensive than his famous collection of fairy tales. As with the fairy tales, Grimm assumed that before their transcription, people had handed these down orally from time immemorial. His interest in these customary laws arose from their seemingly folkloristic notions of custom and from their poetic narratives about ritualized encounters between lords and peasants, capturing an oral tradition from an unsophisticated time. Grimm's readings are still used today as a basis for theories about oral societies in the premodern West and contemporary non-Western societies and the modernizing effects of writing. As Simon Teuscher contends, however, those aspects of legal texts that have been considered since Grimm to be vestiges of a traditional preliterate popular culture were eventually rooted in relatively advanced and learned techniques of writing, jurisprudence, and administration. Lords' Rights and Peasant Stories uses examples from German- and French-speaking Switzerland to investigate what legal order meant to individuals and to a society at the eve of the early modern period. Teuscher deals with legal documents not only as texts, but also as objects. The book takes the materiality of documents seriously and reconstructs cultural techniques of their production and social practices of their use. Lords' Rights and Peasant Stories suggests the need to rethink master narratives about transitions from oral to literate societies. It explores the local dimensions of processes of state-formation and the emergence of modern notions of law in western Europe. Students of rural society and village organization will find here a discussion of local power distribution that is inspired by social anthropology, that looks beyond simple antagonisms between lords and peasants, and that insists on the role of state servants and the unconscious effects of their writing practices"--Provided by publisher
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Teuscher, Simon
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
Translated from German
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The Middle Ages series
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  • Customary law
  • Feudal law
  • Law, Germanic
Label
Lords' rights and peasant stories : writing and the formation of tradition in the later Middle Ages, Simon Teuscher ; translated by Philip Grace
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-284) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Two inquiry procedures -- Dealing with lordship rights -- Deposition records : techniques of transcription and narration -- Weistümer : microcosms of law -- Styles of dument usage -- Conclusion
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
291 pages
Isbn
9780812243680
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011025504
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)724643672
Label
Lords' rights and peasant stories : writing and the formation of tradition in the later Middle Ages, Simon Teuscher ; translated by Philip Grace
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-284) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Two inquiry procedures -- Dealing with lordship rights -- Deposition records : techniques of transcription and narration -- Weistümer : microcosms of law -- Styles of dument usage -- Conclusion
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
291 pages
Isbn
9780812243680
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011025504
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)724643672

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