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. Feudalism: Third English Edition [F.L. Ganshof] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. 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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I know there has been a lot of controversy over the idea and history of feudalism and that many might consider this dated. Ganshof, The Carolingians and the Frankish Monarchy.

Feudalism by François-Louis Ganshof

View all 4 comments. Rozinha Leal rated it liked it Sep 08, With its wealthy and controlling monarchs, belligerent and deceitful nobles and its many, many overworked, underpaid and desperately poor peasants? But it is still an excellent overview of the legal side of the concept–Ganshof limits his discussion to the higher levels of society you don’t see serfs here.

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The nobleman, now tenant-in-chief, would further subdivide his land and bequeath it too his knights and followers, insuring their loyalty to him. Feb 02, Lauren Albert rated it really liked it Shelves: At the top of the feudal pyramid sits gnashof king and it is he owns all the land. Thankfully, he italicizes the words which did make it easier to scan for them.

I found it interesting to imagine the audience the publisher foresaw. Professor Ganshof avoided the task, attempted by Marc Bloch, “Professor Ganshof’s book answers the prayer of every teacher and student of feudqlism history for a lucid, concise and authoritative exposition of feudal institutions.

Feudalism, at its most basic level, concerned the holding of land and the obligations that one undertook to defend and maintain it.

Standard textbook treatment but solid research. After studies with Ferdinand Lothe practiced law for a period, before returning to the University of Ghent.

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The joy and the problem of Bloch’s definition is that includes medieval Europe, Japan and the Middle East among others as having Feudal Societies – broadly similar ways of extracting value from agriculture and power over the countryside, if one wants to talk about what was weird, specific and peculiar to Europe then one needs Ganshof, the issue with him is that it is not just particular to a place but also a time, his book deals with a period of about one century and one can already spot the system straining and changing in places and not conforming to Ganshof’s vision, his book almost invites a series of categories Feudalism I through to Feudalism VII b wales to deal with the development and varieties in time and space of European Feudalism.

All of the Lat I know there has been a lot of controversy over the idea and history of feudalism and that many might consider this dated. This page was last edited on 24 Augustat Dec 24, Elia Princess of Starfall rated it liked it Recommends it for: 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?

Jan 18, Ryan Patrick rated it really liked it Shelves: Felix rated it really liked it Mar 02, Susan rated it it was amazing Apr 01, Christopher rated it really liked it Apr 26, Please help to improve this article by introducing more precise citations.

Published December by Harper Torchbooks first published He makes sure to define all the terms and to explain the use of alternate terms for the same ideas. However, the king is still the true owner of the land or fief; the nobleman to whom he gave it to is now a tenant-in-chief.

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In he received the Francqui Prize for Human Sciences. If you’re looking for a quick, accessible, and intelligent introduction to feudalism ganshot is a good place to go. But, on the other hand, there are many footnotes citing foreign-language books and the modern-language passages are not translated even though they feufalism probably archaic versions French, etc.


Its author is one of the leading authorities in western Europe on Feudalism and its translator a leading English expert on the early Middle Ages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

With its unbreakable code of obligation and servitude on behalf of the vassal; of protection and defence on behalf of the lord?

Where land, rank and titles were the be all and end all of medieval life and were how one climbed up the social ladder?

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. May 11, Michelle rated it liked 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.

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Here he defines feudalism narrowly, in simple legal and military terms. Views Read Edit View history. Charlie Kilpatrick rated it it was amazing Jul 31, This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

Feudalism, in Ganshof’s view, existed only byy the nobility. Narrow interpretation of the feudal relationship in Western Europe from the ninth to the twelfth centuries. Bruna rated it liked it Sep 06, Land was of fundamental importance to the Middle Ages; through it an individual could gain wealth, security, power, political influence and the ability to raise armed forces. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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