HSTAM 111 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Land Tenure, Partible Inheritance, Court Of Equity

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Lecture Notes 4
Monday, April 10, 2017
Saint Radegund (520-586) holy queen married to king Lothar I (511-561)
- Lothar kills Thuringian, Radegund’s uncle
- Lothar is first Merovingian king
- Had no children together
- Very pious
- Used her morning gaba to the poor
- Would intervene criminals’ death sentences
- Practiced asceticism (wore hair cloth, donated away clothes she got compliments on)
- Lothar kills Radegunds brother (550 AD), so Radegund runs away
o Radegund runs away and claims a calling to be married to God
o Lothar’s attempts to bring her back are unsuccessful
- Lothar supports her choices despite wanting her back in order to protect his own
reputation + win good will of people
o Lothar’s sons also support Radegund
- Radegund establishes monastery in Poitiers; Lothar also donates
o She insists on taking position under someone else, rather than become abbess
o Still holds a lot of power
o Convent rules
Had to be old enough to read and write
Had to perform some manual labor + copy manuscripts
o Anchoress isolate oneself in cell
Radegund still corresponds with people outside cell
- When she dies, she is revered as a saint
- Baudonivia writes hagiography of Radegund (story of a saint’s life)
o Since it’s written by a woman, focus is different
Focuses on Radegund’s life as mother figure and peacemaker
Dignifies rather than transcends her female nature
HIGH MIDDLE AGES 1000-1300 AD
Rise of feudalism
- Begins 9th c. France
- Land tenure land is held for military service
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