The Birth of Nobility: Constructing Aristocracy in England and France, 900-1300 / Edition 1

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Overview

For 300 years separate and mutually uncomprehending English and French historiographies have confused the history of medieval aristocracy. Unpicking the basic assumptions behind both national traditions, this book explains them, reconciles them and offers entirely new ways to take the study of aristocracy forward in both England and France.

The Birth of Nobility analyses the enormous international field of publications on the subject of medieval aristocracy, breaking it down into four key debates: noble conduct, noble lineage, noble class and noble power. Each issue is subjected to a thorough review by comparing current scholarship with what a vast range of historical source material actually says. It identifies the points of divergence in the national traditions of each of these debates and highlights where they have been mutually incomprehensible.

For students studying medieval Europe.

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'' Under the broad headings of conduct, descent, class and lordship, shows how scholarship over the past centuries has resulted in the perceptions today.''

British and Irish Bibliography

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582369818
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/19/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.71 (w) x 9.79 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

David Crouch is professor of medieval history at the University of Hull. He is an aurthority on twelfth-and thirteenth-century English and Norman history. His works on aristocracy include: The Beaumont Twins (Cambridge, 1986); The Image of Aristocracy in Britain , 1000-1300 (Routledge); William Marshal (2nd edn, Longman). He has also published The Reign of King Stephen, 1135-1154 (Longman) and The Normans: the History of a Dynasty (Hambledon).

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Table of Contents

FOREWORD INTRODUCTION PART ONE : NOBLE CONDUCT PART TWO : NOBLE DESCENT PART THREE : NOBLE CLASS PART FOUR : NOBLE LORDSHIP SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX

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