Lordship in the County of Maine c. 890-1160 by Richard BartonLordship in the County of Maine c. 890-1160 by Richard Barton

Lordship in the County of Maine c. 890-1160

byRichard Barton

Hardcover | January 1, 2005

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The social and political meaning of lordship in western France in the tenth and eleventh centuries is the focus of this study. It analyses the development and features of lordship as it was practiced and experienced in Maine and the surrounding regions of France, emphasizing the social logic of lordship (why it worked as it did, and how it was socially justifiable and even necessary) and the role of honour and charisma in shaping lordship relationships. The vision and chronology of tenth- and eleventh-century lordship on offer here departs from the model of 'feudal mutation', and emphasizes two major themes - the centrality of intangible, charismatic elements of honor, prestige and acclamation, and the lack of foundation for any notion of 'feudal transformation': while acknowledging changes in the geography of power across the tenth and eleventh centuries, the argument insists that the practicalities of the practice of lordship remained essentially the same between 890 and 1160.RICHARD E. BARTON is assistant Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Title:Lordship in the County of Maine c. 890-1160Format:HardcoverDimensions:9.52 × 6.44 × 1.05 inPublished:January 1, 2005Publisher:Boydell & Brewer IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1843830868

ISBN - 13:9781843830863

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A thoughtful and closely argued study. (...) This is a study which should provoke considerable discussion. HISTORY, January 2006 In this stimulating, clearly written book, Richard Barton uses evidence from Maine and the bordering counties of Anjou, Blois, and Normandy to explore the character of aristocratic lordship in the tenth and eleventh centuries. MEDIEVAL REVIEWA stimulating work, which deserves to be read widely. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW