Re-Thinking Kinship and Feudalism in Early Medieval Europe

1st Edition

Stephen D. White

Routledge
Published December 28, 2005
Reference - 280 Pages
ISBN 9780860789604 - CAT# Y234137
Series: Variorum Collected Studies

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Summary

This is the second collection of studies by Stephen D. White to be published by Variorum (the first being Feuding and Peace-Making in Eleventh-Century France). The essays in this volume look principally at France and England from Merovingian and Anglo-Saxon times up to the 12th century. They analyze Latin and Old French discourses that medieval nobles used to construct their relationships with kin, lords, men, and friends, and investigate the political dimensions of such relationships with particular reference to patronage/clientage, the use of land as an item of exchange, and feuding. In so doing, the essays call into question the conventional practice of studying kinship and feudalism as independent systems of legal institutions and propose new strategies for studying them.

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