France in the Making 843-1180 by Jean Dunbabin

France in the Making 843-1180

byJean Dunbabin

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Covering the centuries between the disintegration of the Carolingian empire and the rise of the French monarchy, this book traces the long period of gestation that ended with the emergence of the kingdom of France as a recognizable political entity capable of inspiring the loyalty of itspeoples. The author describes the emergence in the late ninth and tenth centuries of principalities and lesser political units in which the personal qualities or resources of the rulers permitted them to command obedience. In the eleventh century, the threat of political fragmentation led princes toestablish sounder theoretical foundations for their authority in legal and administrative procedures. The twelfth-century kings of France, hitherto little more than princes of the Ile-de-France, exploited the state-building activities of their princes to re-establish their own lordship over all theprinces, counts, and bishops within their realm. At the same time, they contrived to identify themselves in their subjects' imaginations with the dawning sense of French community. By 1180 the kingdom of France was firmly established, both on the map of Europe and in the minds of itsinhabitants.

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Jean Dunbabin is at St Anne's College, Oxford.
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Title:France in the Making 843-1180Format:PaperbackDimensions:476 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:February 3, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction to Second Edition1. 843-8882. Sources 888-9873. Formative trends in tenth-century political life4. The Principalities 888-9875. Aristocratic life 888-8976. Sources 987-11087. Formative trends in eleventh-century political life8. The Principalities 987-11089. Aristocratic life 987-110810. Sources 1108-118011. Formative trends in twelfth-century political life12. The Principalities 1108-118013. Aristocratic life 1108-118014. ConclusionGenealogical Tables

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"Anyone interested in medieval history ought to find things to excite them in this book; anyone involved in teaching medieval French history will find it a tremendous boon." --Times Literary Supplement
"ÝThe author¨ brings many new insights and much freshness to her theme." --English Historical Review
"Useful and thoughtful book...a very great help to teachers and students alike." --History