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Growing Up In Merovingian Gaul

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This chapter enquires into growing up in Merovingian Gaul by studying the saints lives. Between the canon of indubitably Merovingian hagiography and the larger corpus of undoubtedly later invention lies a substantial grey area. The youth of the saints often appears rather standardized, often the result of the influence of one text on another or of the rules of the hagiographic genre. The first issue to be addressed is the terminology for childhood and youth. One progressed from being a boy, puer or girl, puella, through to adolescence, and thence into adulthood. The ways in which the treatment of age was cross-cut by other dimensions of social identity such as gender, class and even ethnicity, are detailed. The regional variations discussed further emphasise this diversity and dynamism. The combination of contextual documentary and archaeological investigation makes the people of the Merovingian world active agents.

Keywords: childhood; gender; Merovingian Gaul; saints; sixth century; society; youth



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