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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Transgression and bodily adornment

I am currently working on a presentation for a conference next week in Padova. I thought some of you might find something of interest in this graphic which I've just made about the relationship between the areas selected for female bodily adornment amongst the Franks and the penalties for touching areas of the female body in Frankish legislation.  You can find a fuller discussion on pp.349-53 of Cemeteries and Society in Merovingian Gaul.


  1. Very interesting. Your comments about a 7th century transition tell me I'm going to have to read the book. If I ever get done with Early Christianity which seems to have swallowed me.

    1. You don't get done with Early Christianity; Early Christianity gets done with you.
      Are you Kalamazooing this year?

    2. I can't say for certain but right now it looks doubtful. I have a major conflict right around then.

    3. That sounds ominous - like you're planning on invading somewhere. ;-)
      Hope you can make it.

    4. No, this is a good thing but I've been keeping it under my hat until it becomes a reality. Not sure why as it's not that much of a secret. Maybe I'm superstitious and unaware of it.


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