His 240 Histriography
¬It’s a common belief that the transition between the old world and middle world is visible through the changing of the status of the servus. While this is a common belief, it is not one shared by Susan Mosher Stuard in ‘Ancillary Evidence for the Decline of Medieval Slavery (1995),’ nor by Chris Wickham in Framing the Middle Ages (2005). Both these authors’ views on slavery in middle world show how different history can be interoperated depending on the type of documents studied.
In Framing the Middles Ages, Wickham argued that there was no transition between slavery and serfdom. In order to prove his point he mentioned several prior scholarships on this topic. These scholarships included the works of Orlando Peterson, who talked about the legal and proprietorial aspect of slavery and the social death of becoming a slave (Wickham, p.260). Wickham response to him was that focus should not be on the legal subjection but on the economic activity wherein he didn’t find sufficient evidence of slave production.…show more content… 265) such as those of Palladius. Palladius used to keep written monthly accounts of his tenants to help improve the cultivation of his crops. Wickham notices that while in his manuals Palladius talks about means of production, he does not reference the relationship of productions. Tenants were mentioned but not slave labor. Wickham also notes that while Palladius was involved in the production he was not as involved as he would have been if he were a slave owner. (Wickham, p.268-269). His accounts were used as evidence of no