In Social Mobility in Late Antique Gaul, Allen Jones explores the
situation of the non-elite living in Gaul during the late fifth and
sixth centuries. Drawing especially on evidence from Gregory of
Tours s writings, he formulates a social model based on people of
all ranks who were acting in ways that were socially advantageous
to them, such as combining resources, serving at court, and
participating in ostentatious religious pursuits, such as building
churches. Viewing the society as a whole, and taking into account
specific social groups, such as impoverished prisoners, paupers
active at churches, physicians, and wonder-working enchanters,
Jones creates an image of Barbarian Gaul as an honor-driven,
brutal, and flexible society defined by social mobility. His work
also addresses topics such as social engineering and competition,
magic and religion, and the cult of saints."
Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
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