Kingdoms and Communities in Western Europe 900-1300

Paperback | July 1, 1997

bySusan Reynolds

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This study is an exploration of the collective values and activities of lay society in Western Europe between the tenth century and the thirteenth. Arguing that medieval attitudes and behaviour have too readily been defined in terms of hierarchical structures of government, clerical thought,or narrow notion of kinship, the author instead places new emphasis on the horizontal bonds of collective association which permeated society in medieval England, France and Burgundy, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy. By refocusing on the social and political values that characterized lay collective activity, this book offers a stimulating new approach to the history of medieval Europe. The second edition of this important study incorporates a substantial new introduction, which amplifies the arguments of theoriginal edition and takes account of recent research.ON THE FIRST EDITION`all students of the Middle Ages and of collective organization will be indebted to Reynolds for this rich and original book. It will be a starting-point for discussion and the reference point for information', Times Literary Supplement

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This study is an exploration of the collective values and activities of lay society in Western Europe between the tenth century and the thirteenth. Arguing that medieval attitudes and behaviour have too readily been defined in terms of hierarchical structures of government, clerical thought,or narrow notion of kinship, the author inst...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:462 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.1 inPublished:July 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198731477

ISBN - 13:9780198731474

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Table of Contents

Introduction to Second EditionThe Historiography of Medieval CommunityLay Ideas about CollectivityTheory and PracticeList of Works CitedIntroduction1. Collective Activity in Traditional Law 900-13002. Legal Change 1140-13003. Fraternities and Guilds4. The Community of the Parish5. Villages and Rural Neighbourhoods6. Urban Communities7. Provinces and Lordships8. The Community of the Realm9. Lay Collective Activity 900-1300: A General ViewList of Works CitedIndex

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Praise for the first edition: "This is a challenging book which all historians of medieval Europe and social theorists will have to come to terms with... all students of the Middle Ages and of collective organization will be indebted to Reynolds for this rich and original book."--Times LiterarySupplementPraise for the first edition: "This is a challenging book which all historians of medieval Europe and social theorists will have to come to terms with... all students of the Middle Ages and of collective organization will be indebted to Reynolds for this rich and original book."--Times LiterarySupplement