"Legions of Pigs in the Early Medieval West" by Jamie Kreiner

Legions of Pigs in the Early Medieval West Jamie Kreiner

Series:
Yale Agrarian Studies Series
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
12 Jan 2021
ISBN:
9780300246292
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
400 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
48 b-w + 32 color illus.

In the early medieval West, from North Africa to the British Isles, pigs were a crucial part of agriculture and culture. In this fascinating book, Jamie Kreiner examines how this ubiquitous species was integrated into early medieval ecologies and transformed the way that people thought about the world around them. In this world, even the smallest things could have far-reaching consequences.
 
Kreiner tracks the interlocking relationships between pigs and humans by drawing on textual and visual evidence, bioarchaeology and settlement archaeology, and mammal biology. She shows how early medieval communities bent their own lives in order to accommodate these tricky animals—and how in the process they reconfigured their agrarian regimes, their fiscal policies, and their very identities. In the end, even the pig’s own identity was transformed: at the close of the early Middle Ages, it had become a riveting metaphor for Christianity itself.

 

Jamie Kreiner is an associate professor of history at the University of Georgia whose research focuses on the early Middle Ages. She is the author of The Social Life of Hagiography in the Merovingian Kingdom.