The Medieval Gift and the Classical Tradition

  title={The Medieval Gift and the Classical Tradition},
  author={Lars Kj{\ae}r},
Since the 1960s historians studying gift giving have significantly deepened and nuanced our understanding of social, political and religious relations in medieval Europe. From the outset, historians have tended to see gift giving in terms of ‘folk models’. In this they have been following in the footsteps of the social anthropologists from whom we have inherited the analytical apparatus of ‘gift giving’. The founding father of gift-studies, Marcel Mauss, in his Essai sur le don, presented… 
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