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The Middle Ages without Feudalism
     

The Middle Ages without Feudalism

by Susan Reynolds
 
This volume brings together articles (including two hitherto unpublished pieces) that Susan Reynolds has written since the publication of her Fiefs and Vassals (1994). There she argued that the concepts of the fief and of vassalage, as generally understood by historians of medieval Europe, were constructed by post-medieval historians from the works of medieval

Overview

This volume brings together articles (including two hitherto unpublished pieces) that Susan Reynolds has written since the publication of her Fiefs and Vassals (1994). There she argued that the concepts of the fief and of vassalage, as generally understood by historians of medieval Europe, were constructed by post-medieval historians from the works of medieval academic lawyers and the writers of medieval epics and romances. Six of the essays reprinted here continue her argument that feudalism is unhelpful to understanding medieval society, while eight more discuss other aspects of medieval society, law, and politics which she argues provide a better insight into the history of western Europe in the Middle Ages. Three range outside the Middle Ages and western Europe in considering the idea of the nation, the idea of empire, and the problem of finding a consistent and comprehensible vocabulary for comparative and interdisciplinary history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781409456742
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2012
Series:
Variorum Collected Studies Series , #1019
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Susan Reynolds is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research, UK, and an Emeritus Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

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