Specialist artisans and commodity producers as social actors in early medieval Britain, c. AD 500-1066

Loveluck, Chistopher (2016) Specialist artisans and commodity producers as social actors in early medieval Britain, c. AD 500-1066. In: L'archeologia della produzione a Roma (secoli V-XV): atti del convegno internazionale di studi, Roma, 27-29 marzo 2014. Collections de l'Ecole francaise de Rome (516). Ecole francaise de Rome, Rome. ISBN 978-2-72831-198-9 (In Press)

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Abstract

This contribution explores the many questions that need to be asked in regard to how specialist craft-working was organised in early medieval Britain, and how specialist artisans and traders exercised initiative as social actors. A particular emphasis is placed on exploring their activities within the context of their family dynamics and changing social and settlement hierarchies, between c. AD 500 and 1066. The development of elite patronage, protection and taxation of artisans, specialist traders and their activities is viewed as a strategy of mutual benefit and alliance between elites and specialists. By the later tenth and eleventh centuries some merchant-artisans, usually citizens of major towns, became indistinguishable from the lower aristocracy as they possessed both urban residences and rural estates. Yet, the foundation of their wealth and their growing power was specialist production, trade, portable wealth and the collective solidarity of urban societies.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of Archaeology
Depositing User: Loveluck, Christopher
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2016 10:06
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2016 14:56
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/35331

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