Social Memory in Late Medieval England

Village Life and Proofs of Age

  • Joel T. Rosenthal

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

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About this book


This concise and unique volume explores the vital relationship between testimony, memory, and the community in medieval society. Joel T. Rosenthal assembles various categories of testimonies to illuminate how “ordinary” Late Medieval people saw themselves as units of their community, their awareness of the issues surrounding the theater of birth, their interest in the world of and beyond the village, and what aspects of the ubiquitous mother Church were worth recalling. Supported by primary sources and by modern scholarly focus on such issues as social memory, village life, rumor and gossip, and demography, this book provides both a wealth of source material and insightful discussion on how historians can chart the role of memory and community in its shaping of medieval identity and society.


medieval Proof of Age Inheritance in Medieval Europe lives of ordinary medieval people medieval village life medieval law memory formation in the medieval period medieval court proceedings medieval baptism medieval naming practice medieval sacraments medieval record-keeping birth and death in the medieval era medieval juries medieval primary sources medical history in the medieval period medieval criminal justice medieval pilgrimage medieval life outside villages medieval miracle cure medieval escheator

Authors and affiliations

  • Joel T. Rosenthal
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryStony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA

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