Feudalism has 48 ratings and 9 reviews. Jan-Maat said: Best contrasted with Bloch’s Feudal Society which offer’s a broad definition of Feudalism, Ganshof. This translation of Quéstĉe que la fèodalité? includes revisions of the 3rd French ed. The word ‘feudalism’ (Germ. Lehnswesen or Feudalismus; Fr. féodalité) is one to which many different meanings have been attached. During the French.

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All of the Latin quotations are translated there are many. Susan rated it it was amazing Apr 01, Bloch ganshhof a marvellously rich and wide-ranging account of feudal institutions and the society in which they were embedded, though his discursive and detailed approach must appear formidable to the n e w feuddalism He makes sure to define all the terms and to explain the use of alternate terms for the same ideas. It’s the perfect place to go if y If you’re looking for a quick, accessible, and intelligent introduction to feudalism this is a good place to go.

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The book interweaves serious and scholarly writing with the tight and personal, but even more strikingly, it juxtaposes material with a very short sheU-tife with articles that gansohf the more enduring requirements of academic research. View all 4 comments. Feudalism, at its most basic level, concerned the holding of land and the obligations that one undertook to defend and maintain it.


If you’re looking for a quick, accessible, and intelligent introduction to feudalism this is a good place to go. I found it interesting to imagine the audience the publisher foresaw.

I did find the lack of an index annoying, especially because of all the specialized language–if I couldn’t remember his definition ganhsof a term, I had to skim through the book looking for the first mention of it. 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. Here he defines feudalism narrowly, in simple legal and military terms.

M u c h of the material is thus presented twice, and each of the essays is introduced and summarised in the alternate language. Ganshof’s work was primarily on Flanders in the Carolingian period. Narrow interpretation of the feudal relationship in Western Europe from the ninth to the twelfth centuries. But, on the other hand, there ganshor many footnotes citing foreign-language books and the modern-language passages are not translated even though they are probably archaic versions French, etc.

W h e n combined with variations in type for each of the languages, it is an irritating editorial feature. This n e w printing, in the series of reprints for teaching issued by the Medieval Academy of America, brings the third edition back into print after some years’ absence. We all know about the archaic and old-fashioned concept of ganzhof feudalism, am I right? Open Preview See a Problem?


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What happens when you can no longer perform your duties either due to age or fitness, if you owe service to more than one Lord and both are at war with each other, is the Fief heritable, can a widow hold a fief for an infant?

Jess rated it it was amazing Dec 19, Though Ganshof’s definition is not always accepted today, this book was not his only work.

Patrick Rutledge gandhof it liked it Dec 20, This page was last edited on 24 Augustat My old edition is decorated with line drawings from manuscripts of knights, homage and castles, while gamshof strictly necessary is a counterweight to the austerity of the subject.

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