France in the Middle Ages 987-1460: From Hugh Capet to Joan of Arc / Edition 1

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In this book, now available in paperback, he examines the history of France from the rise of the Capetians in the mid-tenth century to the execution of Joan of Arc in the mid-fifteenth. He takes the evolution of power and the emergence of the French state as his central themes, and guides the reader through complex - and, in many respects, still unfamiliar, yet fascinating terrain. He describes the growth of the castle and the village, the building blocks of the new Western European civilization of the second millenium AD.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Superb ... a great historian offers a fresh interpretation of one of the formative periods of French history." L'Histoire

"Superb ... a pleasure to read ... an invaluable work of history and reference" La Voix du Nord

"Duby has already changed our conception of medieval Europe. Extensively illustrated, with clear and helpful genealogical tables, this is a boldly written book, impeccably translated by Juliet Vale, that will stimulate discussion among specialists and non=specialists alike." The Jerusalem Post

Library Journal
An important and prolific French medievalist advances the revisionist thesis that the French state and nation were effectively formed by the early 1200s and not, as many scholars assert, a century later. Duby focuses his book on the period of his own specialized research and closely examines key contemporary sources to show how monarchs of the Capetian house, and notably the 12th-century rulers culminating in Philip II Augustus(1180-1223), used ideas of lordship and kingship to achieve power over their realm. The final two medieval centuries Duby covers more thinly. This smooth English translation is recommended to both college and public libraries.-- Richard C. Hoffmann, York Univ., North York, Ontario
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631189459
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/28/1993
  • Series: History of France Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.65 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Georges Duby is Emeritus Professor at the College de France and one of the most eminent French historians. He is a memeber of the Academie Francaise, and holds the French National Order of Merit and Legion of Honour, amongst other distinctions.

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Table of Contents

Translator's Note.


List of Illustrations.

List of Genealogical Tables.

Part I: The Inheritance: .

1. The Empire.

2. The Frankish People.

3. The Principalities.

4. Disturbances.

Part II: Lordship:.

5. The Village.

6. The Castle.

7. The Church.

8. King and Lord.

Part III: Origins of State and Nation:.

9. The Great Age of Progress.

10. Louis VII.

11. Philip Augustus.

12. The South.

13. The Thirteenth Century.

14. The Fourteenth Century.

15. The Maid of Orleans.





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