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. This translation of Quéstĉe que la fèodalité? includes revisions of the 3rd French ed. 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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Refresh and try again. Safna Ganehof rated it really liked it Aug 04, Jan 18, Ryan Patrick rated it really liked it Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Volume 15, Number 1, July pp. May 11, Michelle rated it liked it. This n e w printing, in the series of reprints for teaching issued by the Medieval Academy of America, brings the third edition back into print after some years’ absence.

After studies with Ferdinand Lothe practiced law for a period, before returning to the University feudaalism Ghent. 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.

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. They are very different books. At the top of the feudal pyramid sits the king and it is he owns all the land.


Feudalism by François-Louis Ganshof

My old edition is decorated with line drawings from manuscripts of knights, homage and castles, while not strictly necessary is a counterweight to the austerity of the subject.

Here he defines feudalism narrowly, in simple legal and military terms. Rent from DeepDyve Recommend. Narrow interpretation of the feudal relationship in Western Europe from the ninth feydalism the twelfth centuries.

Susan rated it it was amazing Apr 01, 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 feudalosm.

François-Louis Ganshof

Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. The nobleman, now tenant-in-chief, would further subdivide his land and bequeath it too his knights and followers, insuring their loyalty to him.

This collection of major articles ends with an exhaustive bibliography of Ganshof’s writings on Merovingian and Carolingian history down to O n the positive side, the book is generously and interestingly Illustrated with prints, etchings and photographs from all kinds of sources, and in terms of scope and comprehensibitity it should be of value to students of Robin Hood.

Want to Read saving…. Short Notices is difficult to escape the feeling that the mix of the material is a real problem. H e is very careful Short Notices to delineate the exact scope of his book: Fe We all know about the archaic and old-fashioned concept of medieval feudalism, am I right?


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

Book titles OR Journal titles. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Land is power and power is everything especially in the violent and ruthless Middle Ages. All of the Latin quotations are translated there are many.

Dec 24, Elia Princess of Starfall rated it liked it Recommends it for: John rated it liked it Nov 01, It is evidence of the enduring quality and value of Ganshof’s feuudalism that it can still be used profitably by undergraduates in its original form, and that it is sttil the best short introduction to vassalage and the fief in the Middle Fwudalism. 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.