Custom, Kinship, and Gifts to Saints: The Laudatio Parentum in Western France, 1050-1150

Stephen D. White.

Published 1988 (Out of Print). Order online through The University of North Carolina Press. ISBN: 978-0-8078-6640-5.

White combines an intensive study of medieval law with insights from anthropology, religion, and social history to create a picture of French society in the Middle Ages which is impressive in its breadth and illuminating in its detail. By examining the practice whereby gifts of land were approved by the giver’s relatives, he suggests novel ways of looking at early medieval law, kinship, land tenure, and gift exchange. White shows that laudatio parentum can be properly analyzed only within a combined social, legal, and religious context.

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