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Introduction

  • Maureen Flynn

Abstract

Among the illiterate folk of medieval Europe, history shows us few individual personalities. The paucity of written records expressing their personal views makes it virtually impossible to capture the multiple dimensions of their private lives. The communal lives of the common people, however, are much more accessible to investigation. Collected into groups, the faceless individuals merge to form corporate personalities whose features are clear enough to appear in historical documents. Confraternities, guilds and youth associations of various sorts provided their undistinguished members not only the monetary means but also the self-confidence to commission scribes to document their thoughts.

Keywords

Sixteenth Century Common People Corporate Personality Poor Relief Christian Ideal 
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© Maureen Flynn 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Maureen Flynn
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GeorgiaUSA

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