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Black LegaciesRace and the European Middle Ages$
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Lynn T. Ramey

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780813060071

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813060071.001.0001

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Medieval Race?

Medieval Race?

(p.25) 2 Medieval Race?
Black Legacies

Lynn T. Ramey

University Press of Florida

This chapter looks at the key currents in racial theory as well as the vital role the Middle Ages played in constructing the methods by which these histories have been passed down. It examines the relationship between medieval and the modern concept of race. It analyzes the significance of T-O maps, in which the O shape of the world is divided by T-shaped bodies of water into areas, including Europe, Asia, and Africa. The chapter examines the indications of these medieval maps in the pre-modern notions of race and discusses the relationship between gender and race. It also details the executions and prosecutions of animals for various crimes against humans. It looks at the ambivalence of the medieval treatment of black people in cultural production.

Keywords:   Middle Ages, race, Europe, Asia, Africa, gender, black people

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