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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PaperbackThird English Editionpages. Here he defines feudalism narrowly, in simple legal and military terms. Narrow interpretation of the feudal relationship in Western Europe from the ninth to the twelfth centuries.

We all know about the archaic and old-fashioned concept of medieval feudalism, am I right? Thankfully, he italicizes the words which did make it easier to scan for them. If you’re looking for a quick, accessible, and intelligent introduction to feudalism this is a good place to go.

François-Louis Ganshof

Nov 05, Matthew Dambro rated it really liked it. Sean Murphey rated it really liked it Feb 14, This is heavy going stuff but the author knows what he is talking about and if you can wade through the drab, dull writing style and understand the various ins-and-outs of the feudal order then you may find this interesting. However, in return for oaths of homage and military assistance, the king rewards his loyal followers with grants of land and titles. Professor Ganshof avoided the task, attempted by Marc Bloch, “Professor Ganshof’s book answers the prayer of every teacher and student of medieval history for a lucid, concise and authoritative exposition of feudal institutions.

Just don’t expect this to be super engaging Maria rated it liked it Nov 25, Where land, rank and titles were the be all and end all of medieval life and were how one climbed up the social ladder?


Open Preview See a Problem? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign gabshof. If he were to rebel the king would declare him a traitor, seize his land and give it to a better nobleman.

The slight problem is that Ganshof is right and Bloch is also right.

The joy and the problem of Bloch’s de Best contrasted with Bloch’s Feudal Society which offer’s a broad definition of Feudalism, Ganshof developed a narrow definition of Feudalism that is focused on the a type of legal relationship between people living between the Rhine and the Seine in and around the tenth century.

Published December by Harper Torchbooks first published May 11, Michelle rated it liked it. This page was last edited on 24 Augustat This book is fejdalism yet featured on Listopia. Land is power and power is everything especially in the violent and ruthless Middle Ages. The author gives lengthy and intense monologues about fiefs and vassals, oaths of homage and military assistance, the hereditary titles that came and went with certain fiefs and how feudalism operated on different and contrasting scales in opposing countries.

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Return to Book Page. Professor Ganshof avoided the task, attempted by Marc Yb, of describing the whole society of the Feudal period and confined himself to those institutionalized relationships of lord and man, prevalent in western Europe from the ninth to the thirteenth century, which are commonly included in the narrower definition of Feudalism. On and on it would go until the peasantry themselves received small parcels of land from however was above them in rank.

If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. This was a great, informative book, it was just so dry! My old edition is decorated with line drawings from ganahof of knights, homage and castles, while not strictly necessary is a counterweight to the austerity of the subject.


I found it interesting to gasnhof the audience the publisher foresaw.

Land was of fundamental importance to the Middle Ages; through it an individual could gain wealth, security, power, political influence and ganxhof ability to raise armed forces. Ernesto Ribeiro rated it it was amazing Jul 27, Views Read Edit View history. He makes sure to define all the terms and to explain the use of alternate terms for the same ideas.

Bekah rated it liked it Nov 30, Lists with This Book. There is no index. Susan rated it it was amazing Apr 01, Retrieved from ” https: At the top of the feudal pyramid sits the king and it is he bj all the land.


But, on the other hand, there are many footnotes citing foreign-language books and the modern-language passages are not translated even though they are probably archaic versions French, etc. Feb 02, Lauren Albert rated it really liked it Shelves: With its unbreakable code of obligation and servitude on behalf of the vassal; of protection and defence on behalf of the lord?

Its author is one of the leading authorities in western Europe on Bj and its translator a leading English expert on the early Middle Ages. Ganshof, The Carolingians and the Frankish Monarchy. Bruna rated it liked it Sep 06, He remained there until his retirement in