Liquid & Multiple : Individuals & identities in the thirteenth-century Aegean

Guillaume Saint-Guillain (Editor), Dionysios Stathakopoulos (Editor)

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Abstract

The thirteenth century in the Byzantine world represents a paradox. It is a world full of individuals recorded in narrative texts and even more so in documentary sources. They are a true motley of “nationalities” : Greeks, Italians, French, Jews, Turks and Arabs. The world they inhabit is characterized by a – if not dizzying, certainly marked – mobility. There is contact, communication and conflict. Old forms of social and political organisation are overturned and new ones emerge. And yet, perhaps as a result of this tumultuous movement, scholars have been so far quite reluctant in offering these individuals a home. This book aims to put forward a fresh and innovative look at the intersections of personhood and statehood in the dynamic and politically fragmented space of the Eastern Mediterranean in the century following the Fourth Crusade and the conquest of Constantinople in 1204. By looking at pirates, peasants, physicians, merchants and nobles the authors explore the multiplicity of ways available to scholars to lift these individuals from the records and shed light to their liquid and at times conflicting means of asserting and negotiating their often multiple identities.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherAssociation des Amis du Centre d'Histoire et Civilisation de Byzance
Number of pages275
ISBN (Print)9782916716305
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameMonographies
PublisherAssociation des Amis du Centre d'Histoire et Civilisation de Byzance
Volume35

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