IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 237: Rural Society in Charlemagne's Backyard

Monday 3 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:NWO Project 'Charlemagne's Backyard?: Rural Society in the Netherlands in the Carolingian Age - An Archaeological Perspective'
Organiser:Erik Goosmann, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Mayke de Jong, Utrecht Centre for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Utrecht
Paper 237-aEstate Organisation in the Carolingian Netherlands: The Textual Evidence
(Language: English)
Erik Goosmann, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Economics - Rural
Paper 237-bIt's a Big World After All?: Objects and the World of Connections of Rural Dwellers
(Language: English)
Wim Kemme, Faculteit Archeologie, Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Economics - Rural, Economics - Trade
Paper 237-cCharlemagne's Palace at Nijmegen: Its Creation and Impact
(Language: English)
Arjan Den Braven, Faculteit Archeologie, Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites, Economics - Rural
Abstract

The Carolingian world was a predominantly agrarian society. The ‘peasantry’ was a varied group in terms of legal, social, and economic status, who produced the agricultural surplus that enabled Charlemagne to build his empire. However, historians have not reached consensus yet on how economic growth was achieved in relation to peasant economic agency. This project has attempted to study Carolingian rural society in the present-day Netherlands from a predominantly archaeological perspective, combined with a new and critical appraisal of some of the key documentary sources. By this dual approach, new insights into the Carolingian economy can be gained.