Slave trading in the Early Middle Ages

Long-distance connections in northern and east central Europe

By Janel M. Fontaine

Slave trading in the Early Middle Ages
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  • ISBN: 9781526160096
  • Publish Date: Feb 2025
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6009-6
    • Pages: 296
    • Price: £85.00
    • Published Date: February 2025
    • Series: Manchester Medieval Studies


    This book examines slave trading in northern and eastern central Europe from the seventh century through the eleventh century, tracing its growth, climax, and decline. Demand from the Islamic world in the ninth and tenth centuries prompted changes in warfare, trade logistics, and administrative responses to slavery in the slaving zones centred on the British Isles and the Czech lands. This study establishes slave trading as a core driver of connectivity and presents a model for this practice in politically fragmented areas of Europe.


    Part I: The economics of slave trading
    1 Slavery within the slaving zones
    2 External demand
    3 Making slaves
    Part II: Logistics and strategies of slaving
    4 Warfare and enslavement
    5 Small-scale slave trading
    6 High demand systems
    7 Slaving and power


    Janel M. Fontaine is an archaeologist in the public sector and an Affiliate Researcher at the University of Glasgow.

    Slave trading in the Early Middle Ages

    By Janel M. Fontaine

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