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Merovingian Masculinities

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The author opens this chapter by returning to the double grave, Graves 6 and 8, at the cemetery of Ennery. Ennery Grave 6 was the more lavishly furnished of the two, with a sword, spear, knife, and a bowl, and dressed in a costume which included a belt fastened with a plaque-buckle. Ennery Grave 8, on the other hand, was accompanied only by a comb, a plain iron, buckle and a strike-a-light. In the north of Merovingian Gaul, however, shields are rare and generally found in quite lavish male burials. Here the symbolism of the item must have been somewhat different, possibly referring to a broader protective role. This discussion essentially reiterates the basic points that there was a multiplicity of masculinities, and diverse ways of constructing them materially.

Keywords: Ennery; grave; masculinities; Merovingian Gaul



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