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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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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.

Bruna rated it liked it Sep 06, Retrieved from ” https: Thanks for telling us about the problem. This book goes into detail about the legal intricacies of the feudal order, while describing in detail how feudalism arose out of the chaos of the Carolingian Empire and permeated the social, political and economical structure of Europe. Parliament17 rated it liked it Oct 12, Where land, rank and titles were the be all and end all of medieval life and were how one climbed up the social ladder?

February Learn how and when to remove this template message. View all 4 comments. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I know there has been a lot of controversy over the idea and history of feudalism and that many might consider this dated.

Land is power and power is everything especially in the violent and ruthless Middle Ages. 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.


On and on it would go until the peasantry themselves received small parcels of land from however was above them in rank. Christopher rated it really liked it Apr 26, However, in return for oaths of homage and military assistance, the king rewards his loyal followers with grants of land and titles.

This page was last edited on 24 Augustat Feudalism, in Ganshof’s view, existed only within the nobility. The nobleman, now tenant-in-chief, would further subdivide his land and bequeath it too his knights and followers, insuring their loyalty to him.

Ganshof’s work was feucalism on Flanders in the Carolingian period. Jess rated it it ganxhof amazing Dec 19, Fe We all know about the archaic and old-fashioned concept of medieval feudalism, am I right?

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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. 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 feudalidm ins-and-outs of the feudal order then you may find this interesting.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Sean Murphey rated it really liked it Feb 14, Ganshof, The Carolingians and the Frankish Monarchy. Brittney Tyler rated it liked it May 09, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Paulo Muller rated it really liked it Jun 22, It’s the perfect place to go if y If you’re looking for a quick, accessible, and intelligent introduction to feudalis this is a good feudalis to go.

He contributed greatly to his field, mostly through articles. Published December by Harper Torchbooks first published Refresh and try again.

François-Louis Ganshof

Feb 02, Lauren Albert rated it really liked it Shelves: With its wealthy and controlling monarchs, belligerent and deceitful nobles and its many, many overworked, underpaid and desperately poor peasants? 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.


Standard textbook treatment but solid research. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Feudalism dominated the Middle Ages from byy to and was the social and economic structure that knitted together the various factions of medieval life be they monarch, priest, merchant, noble or peasant.

Feudalism by François-Louis Ganshof

Safna Sana rated it really liked it Aug 04, If you’re looking for a quick, accessible, and intelligent introduction to feudalism this is a good place to go. Bekah rated it liked it Nov 30, 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 to be fundamental.

The best English-language introduction to this very major aspect of his work is in F. Rozinha Leal rated it liked it Sep 08, The writing is dry and feudakism lifeless and the endless legal ramifications of feudalism would, I suspect, drive most individuals mad with boredom and despair.


At the top of the feudal pyramid sits the king and it is he owns all the land. Feudalism, at its most basic level, concerned the holding of land and the obligations that one undertook to defend and maintain it.

Susan rated it it was amazing Apr 01, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Jan 02, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: 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? Open Preview Feuealism a Problem?

Views Read Edit View history. In he received the Francqui Prize for Human Sciences. Manol Glishev rated it it was amazing Aug 14,