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Montaillou by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie
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Dec 19, 10

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Read in December, 2010

still another view of different social arrangements back then gleaned from the notes and records once directed by a man who would become another Benedict. A pope for the 14th century. But the social arrangements that draw my interest is in the trade in the uplands north of the Pyrenees at that time. Relative freedom from distant monarchs, and with only the Church as authority the locals could live as they could. Just as you'd think, by herding, only subsistence levels of oat or wheat, some vines but not enough for trade, the domi left on the routes to the passes over the mountains could win from some benefit of trade or caring for pilgrims, but not much. More information could be had though with trade going in both directions, compared with many places that didn't, all giving the locals a chance to have a better chance of outside information.

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