Fiefs and Vassals: The Medieval Evidence Reinterpreted

Fiefs and Vassals: The Medieval Evidence Reinterpreted

by Susan Reynolds
     
 
Fiefs and Vassals sets out to change our view of the medieval world. It offers a fundamental challenge to orthodox conceptions of feudalism. Susan Reynolds argues that the concepts of the fief and of vassalage, as understood by historians of medieval Europe, were constructed by post-medieval scholars from the works of medieval academic lawyers and that they provide a

Overview

Fiefs and Vassals sets out to change our view of the medieval world. It offers a fundamental challenge to orthodox conceptions of feudalism. Susan Reynolds argues that the concepts of the fief and of vassalage, as understood by historians of medieval Europe, were constructed by post-medieval scholars from the works of medieval academic lawyers and that they provide a bad guide to the realities of medieval society.

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"Reynolds's argument is detailed and impressive and generally convincing....An important work and so clearly presented that it could be used by upper-division undergraduates."—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198204589
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/15/1994
Pages:
560
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.52(d)

Meet the Author

Susan Reynolds is Emeritus Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She is the author of An Introduction to the History of English Medieval Towns (OUP, 1977; CPB 1982), and Kingdoms and Communities in Western Europe 900-1300 (OUP, 1984; CPB 1986).

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