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Drawing at the services of 26 amazing students, this significant quantity covers the most important concerns within the learn of medieval Europe, highlighting the numerous impression the period of time had on cultural varieties and associations significant to eu id

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On a local level, “curial” status and membership of a city council brought comparable privileges. Status was thus tied up with public life and brought with it formal privileges entrenched in administrative and legal practice and underwritten by the state. In the course of the fifth and sixth centuries, these formal status-markers disappeared. Whether this led to increased social mobility is not clear. 9 What is clear is that elite status itself was far more subjective and inclusive than had previously been the case: it rested perceptions about group membership, and was defined by any objective dividing line.

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The struggles between Byzantine, Frankish, and Islamic rulers to control the islands and sea lanes of the western Mediterranean in the ninth century in some ways provide a parallel to Viking activity in the North, albeit in a very different political and religious context. As in the north, while there is some evidence for dislocation, particularly in the later ninth century, the basic dynamic of growth remained. By 900 the major trading centers and networks were clearly established, and the foundations for continued growth in transcultural exchange through the tenth century and beyond well laid, while within Italy traders, and market activity, became increasingly apparent.

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