Nobles and Nobility in Medieval Europe: Concepts, Origins, Transformations

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Anne Duggan
Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 285 pages
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The great strength of this collection is its wide range...a valuable work for anyone interested in the social aspects of the medieval nobility. CHOICE Articles on the origins and nature of "nobility", its relationship with the late Roman world, its acquisition and exercise of power, its association with military obligation, and its transformation into a more or less willing instrument of royal government. Embracing regions as diverse as England (before and after the Norman Conquest), Italy, the Iberian peninsula, France, Norway, Poland, Portugal, and the Romano-German empire, it ranges over the whole medieval period from the fifth to the early sixteenth century. Contributors: STUART AIRLIE, MARTIN AURELL, T. N. BISSON, PAUL FOURACRE, PIOTR GORECKI, MARTIN H. JONES, STEINAR IMSEN, REGINE LE JAN, JANET N. NELSON, TIMOTHY A REUTER, JANE ROBERTS, MARIA JOAO VIOLANTE BRANCO, JENNIFER C. WARD
 

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Contents

Concepts Origins Transformations Anne J Duggan
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Early Middle Ages
8
The Origins of the Nobility in Francia
17
Boso of Vienne and Arnulf of Bavaria
25
Nobility in the Ninth Century
43
Continuity and Change in the TenthCentury Nobility
53
The Old English Vocabulary of Nobility
69
The Social and Cultural Expression of Power
85
Knighthood Lordship
115
Nobles and Nobility in the Narrative Works of Hartmann von Aue
157
Roger Mortimer in the Period of Baronial
183
A Portrait of
205
The Nobility of Medieval Portugal XlthXIVth Centuries
223
Noblewomen Family and Identity in Later Medieval Europe
245
A Survey of
263
Index
275

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