Thunder and Hail over the Carolingian Countryside

  • Paul Edward Dutton
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


What farmers thought, how they imagined their world to work, and what strategies they consciously adopted to confront a capricious natural world are matters that rarely surface in the records of the Middle Ages. No writer in the ninth century spent much time pondering the thoughts of those who worked and managed the land, probably because it was assumed that those thoughts were unremarkable. Yet what could be more central to a fuller appreciation of an age like the Carolingian, in which countryside and agricultural concerns dominated, than to acknowledge the importance and, indeed, intelligibility of popular thought?


Spring Wheat Rural Economy Ninth Century Popular Belief Subsistence Economy 
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