Medieval Frontiers: Concepts and Practices

Medieval Frontiers: Concepts and Practices


Edited by David Abulafia, Edited by Nora Berend


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  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Format: Hardback | 280 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 236mm x 26mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2002
  • Publication City/Country: Aldershot
  • ISBN 10: 0754605221
  • ISBN 13: 9780754605225
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: Includes 11 maps and plans

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How did medieval people create frontiers to delimit areas, how did they understand the function of frontiers, and how did they describe these frontiers? To what extent did medieval observers see a frontier between themselves and other groups, and how did real interaction compare with ideological or narrative formulations of such interaction? The articles in this volume begin to answer these questions. Many of the papers incorporated originated at a colloquium presented in Cambridge, November 1998 at St. Catherine's College. The topics include: Byzantium's eastern frontier in the 10th and 11th centuries; government and the indigenous in the Latin kingdom of Jerusalem; Latins and Greeks on crusader Cyprus; and the frontier of Church reform in the British Isles.

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Author information

David Abulafia, Gonville and Caius College University of Cambridge, UK, Nora Berend, St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge, UK Nora Berend, David Abulafia, Ann Christys, Jonathan Shepard, Catherine Holmes, Ronnie Ellenblum, Jonathan Riley-Smith, Peter W. Edbury, Michel Balard, Raza MaA3/4eika, Kurt Villads Jensen, Grzegorz Mysliwski, Brendan Smith.

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'...extensive and learned... timely, full of ideas, and in moving us beyond a predominantly national framework for the study of frontiers it reveals a wealth of relationships between different kinds of boundary that will keep us busy for some time to come.' Reviews in History '... Abulafia's introduction [...] is a tour de force, demonstrating immense range, erudition and imagination.' The International History Review

Table of contents

Contents: Preface, Nora Berend; Introduction: Seven types of ambiguity c.1100-c.1500, David Abulafia; Crossing the frontier of 9th-century Hispania, Ann Christys; Emperors and expansionism: from Rome to Middle Byzantium, Jonathan Shepard; Byzantium's eastern frontier in the 10th and 11th centuries, Catherine Holmes; Were there borders and borderlines in the Middle Ages? The example of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, Ronnie Ellenblum; Government and the indigenous in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, Jonathan Riley-Smith; Latins and Greeks on Crusader Cyprus, Peter W. Edbury; Genuensis civitas in extremo Europae: Caffa from the 14th to the 15th century, Michel Balard; Granting power to enemy Gods in the chronicles of the Baltic Crusades, Raza MaA3/4eika; The Blue Baltic border of Denmark in the High Middle Ages: Danes, Wends and Saxo Grammaticus, Kurt Villads Jensen; Hungary, the 'Gate of Christendom', Nora Berend; Boundaries and men in Poland from the 12th to the 16th century: the case of Masovia, Grzegorz Mysliwski; The frontiers of Church reform in the British Isles,1170-1230, Brendan Smith; Neolithic meets medieval: first encounters in the Canary Islands, David Abulafia; Index.