Medieval Frontiers: Concepts and Practices

Medieval Frontiers: Concepts and Practices

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Edited by David S. H. 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
  • Illustrations note: 10 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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Introduction - seven types of ambiguity, c1100-c1500, David Abuafia; crossing the frontier of ninth-century Hispania, Ann Christys; emperors Byzantium's eastern frontier in the tenth and 11th centuries, Catherine Holmes; were there borders and border lines 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 Edbury; "genuensis civitas in extremo Europae": Caffa from the 14th to the 16th century, Michael Balard; granting power to enemy gods in the chronicles of the Baltic Crusades, Raza Mazeika; 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 Berand; boundaries and men in Poland from the 12th to the 16th century - the case of Masovia, Gregorz Mysliwski; the frontier of Church reform in the British Isles, Brendan Smith; neolithic meets medieval - first encounters in the Canary Islands, David Abulafia and expansionism - from Rome to Middle Byzantium, Jonathan Shepard.