Author

Effie Buck

Date of Award

10-1985

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

Supervisor

B. Kaczynski

Co-Supervisor

J. Trueman

Language

English

Abstract

Using the Polyptych of Saint Germain-des-Prés as a source, this study examines the nature and extent of peasant involvement in the marketplace in the ninth century Paris basin. A minority of the 1556 manses in the sample were found to be involved in commercial agriculture, paying cash rents which seem to have been raised mainly by the sale of wine. Some manses were found to have vineyards with productive capacities well in excess of reasonable domestic need, suggesting a regular and planned surplus. Involvement in the marketplace was found to exacerbate economic inequalities within the ranks of the dependent peasantry.

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