Recommends it for: Fans of the Middle Ages Recommended to Elia Princess of Starfall by: UCD Shelves: flawless-history , good-not-great , history-textbook , kings-and-queens , medieval-france , mediaeval-spain , middle-ages , non-fiction , religion-is-messed-up , violence-and-gore We all know about the archaic and old-fashioned concept of medieval feudalism, am I right? With its wealthy and controlling monarchs, belligerent and deceitful nobles and its many, many overworked, underpaid and desperately poor peasants? With its unbreakable code of obligation and servitude on behalf of the vassal; of protection and defence on behalf of the lord? Where land, rank and titles were the be all and end all of medieval life and were how one climbed up the social ladder? Lets begin!
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Nirr Professor Ganshof avoided the task, attempted by Marc Bloch, of describing the whole society of the Feudal period and confined himself to those institutionalized relationships of lord and man, prevalent in western Europe from the ninth to the thirteenth century, which are commonly included in the narrower definition of Feudalism. Ganshof was renowned as the greatest European expert on the Frankish kingdoms, particularly under the Carolingian dynasty; he never wrote the definitive biography of Charlemagne that everyone expected of him, but his contributions to Frankish history continue to be fundamental.
View all 4 comments. Want to Read saving…. No trivia or quizzes yet. He makes sure to define all the terms and to explain the use of alternate terms for the same ideas. Parliament17 rated it liked it Oct 12, feudalidm On and on it would go until the peasantry themselves received small parcels of land from however was above them in rank.
Feudalism, at its most basic level, concerned the holding of land and the obligations that one undertook to defend and maintain it. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Fe We all know about the archaic and old-fashioned concept of medieval feudalism, am I right? Lists with This Book. Published December by Harper Torchbooks first published Felix rated it really liked it Ganshoc 02, But, bj the other hand, there are many footnotes citing foreign-language books and the modern-language passages are not translated even though they are probably archaic versions French, etc.
Here he succeeded Pirenne in as professor of medieval history, after Pirenne left the university as a result of the enforcement of Dutch as language of instruction. This book goes into detail about the legal intricacies of the feudal order, while describing in detail how feudalism arose out of the chaos of the Carolingian Empire and permeated the social, political and economical structure of Europe.
February Learn how and when to remove this template message. Open Preview See a Problem? This was a great, informative book, it was just so dry! PaperbackThird English Editionpages. The nobleman, now tenant-in-chief, would further subdivide his land and bequeath it too his knights and followers, insuring their loyalty to him. He remained there until his retirement in The writing is dry and rather lifeless and the endless legal ramifications of feudalism would, I suspect, drive most individuals mad with boredom and despair.
If he were to rebel the king would declare him a traitor, seize his land and give it to a better nobleman. Thankfully, he italicizes the words which did make it easier to scan for them. Related Articles
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Help Wikipedia improve by adding precise citations! After studies with Ferdinand Lot , he practiced law for a period, before returning to the University of Ghent. Here he succeeded Pirenne in as professor of medieval history, after Pirenne left the university as a result of the enforcement of Dutch as language of instruction. He remained there until his retirement in Here he defines feudalism narrowly, in simple legal and military terms.
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Lehnswesen or Feudalismus; Fr. Even if this quite illegitimate extension of its meaning be ignored, there exist many attempts at its analysis and definition which do not seem to be very closely related to one another. But if we limit ourselves to essentials and are prepared to overlook the subtle nuances of meaning which scholars, and particularly legal scholars, delight in, it will be found that the word is used by historians in two more or less distinct senses. Feudalism may be conceived of as a form of society possessing well-marked features which can be defined without difficulty.