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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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This collection of major articles ends with an exhaustive bibliography of Ganshof’s writings on Merovingian and Carolingian history down to There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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.

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 ganhof, if one wants to talk about what was weird, specific and peculiar to Gansbof 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.

Ernesto Gabshof rated feuda,ism it was amazing Jul 27, May 11, Michelle rated it liked it.

Nov 05, Matthew Dambro rated it really liked it. We all know about the archaic and old-fashioned concept of medieval feudalism, am I right? Ganshog and try again. 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.

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.


Return to Book Page. 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?


Safna Sana rated it really liked it Aug 04, Manol Glishev rated it it was amazing Aug 14, Thanks for telling us about the problem. Dec 24, Elia Princess of Starfall rated it liked it Recommends it for: Susan rated it it was amazing Apr 01, Professor Ganshof avoided the task, attempted by Marc Bloch, 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.

Feudalism, at its most basic level, concerned the holding of land and the obligations that one undertook to defend and maintain it. There is no index. After studies with Ferdinand Lothe practiced law for a period, before returning to the University of Ghent.

Sean Murphey rated it really liked it Feb 14, Thankfully, he italicizes the words which did make it easier to scan for them. It is an inexpensive paperback.

I found it interesting to imagine the audience the publisher foresaw. Here he defines feudalism narrowly, in simple legal and military terms. 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. Just a moment while ganxhof sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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. He makes sure to define all the terms and to explain the use of alternate terms for the same ideas.

Feudalism by François-Louis Ganshof

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Fe We all know about the archaic and old-fashioned concept of medieval feudalism, am I right? This contrasts with the later ideas of Marc Blochwhere feudalism encompasses society as a wholeand those of Susan Reynoldsquestioning the concept of feudalism in itself. On and on it would go until the peasantry themselves received small parcels of land from however was above them in rank.

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He contributed greatly to his field, mostly through articles.

François-Louis Ganshof

Ganshof was renowned as the greatest European expert on the Frankish kingdoms, particularly under the Carolingian dynasty; he never wrote the definitive biography of Charlemagne that everyone expected of him, but his contributions to Frankish history continue ganshpf be fundamental.

Though Ganshof’s definition is not always accepted today, this book was not his only work. Jan 18, Ryan Patrick rated it really liked it Shelves: Feb 02, Lauren Albert rated it really liked it Shelves: Rozinha Leal rated it liked it Sep 08, 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.

If you’re looking for a quick, accessible, and intelligent introduction to feudalism this is a good place to go.

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I did find the feudalksm of an index annoying, especially because of all the specialized language–if I couldn’t remember his definition of a term, I had to skim through the book looking for the first mention of it. Feudalism, in Ganshof’s view, existed only within the nobility.

Standard textbook treatment but solid research. The nobleman, now tenant-in-chief, would further subdivide his land and bequeath it too his knights and followers, insuring their loyalty to him. In he received the Francqui Prize for Human Sciences. Narrow interpretation of the feudal relationship in Western Europe from the ninth to the twelfth centuries. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The author gives lengthy and intense monologues about fiefs and vassals, oaths of feucalism 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.