DOI: 10.5176/2382-5650_CCS16.10

Authors: Prof. Dr. Verena Epp


The paper focuses on the social and cultural impact of letter- writing in the early Middle Ages. Three major letter-collections from Gaul, Italy and Burgundy are analysed to show how in times of crisis letters helped to foster the social and political influence of élites. By a new method of close reading recurring motives of these letters are discerned to unfold the authors` mental maps and their respective sets of cultural and political values.

Keywords: Transformation of the Roman Empire, migrations, political insecurity, education and learning, social status, political freedom

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