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Black Legacies: Race and the European Middle Ages

Lynn T. Ramey


Bringing far-removed time periods into startling conversation, this book argues that certain attitudes and practices present in Europe's Middle Ages were foundational in the development of the western concept of race. As early as the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, society was already preoccupied with skin color. Using historical, literary, and artistic sources, the book explores the multitude of ways the coding of black as “evil” and white as “good” existed in medieval European societies.

Keywords: Middle Ages, race, skin color, black, white, good, evil, medieval Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780813060071
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813060071.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lynn T. Ramey, author
Vanderbilt University