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. Feudalism: Third English Edition [F.L. Ganshof] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. 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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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Feudalism, at its most basic level, concerned the holding of land and the obligations that one undertook to defend and maintain it. Jan 18, Ryan Patrick fanshof it really liked it Shelves: Land was of fundamental importance to the Middle Ages; through it an individual could gain wealth, security, power, political influence and the ability to raise armed forces.

Thankfully, he italicizes the words which did make it easier to scan for them. It’s the perfect place to go if y If you’re looking for a quick, accessible, and intelligent introduction to feudalism this is a good place to go.

However, the king is still the true owner of the land or fief; the nobleman to whom he gave it to is now a tenant-in-chief. On and on it would go until the peasantry themselves received small parcels of land from however was above them in rank. Published December by Harper Torchbooks first published John rated it liked it Nov 01, He contributed greatly to his field, mostly through articles. This article includes a list of referencesrelated reading or external linksbut its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations.


The joy and the problem of Bloch’s de Best contrasted with Bloch’s Feudal Society which offer’s a broad definition of Feudalism, Ganshof developed a narrow definition of Feudalism that is focused on the a type of legal relationship between people living between the Rhine and the Seine in and around the tenth century.

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Maria rated it liked it Nov 25, There is no index. He remained there until his retirement in Narrow interpretation of the feudal relationship in Western Europe from the ninth to the twelfth centuries. It efudalism an inexpensive paperback. This book goes into detail about the legal intricacies of the efudalism order, while describing in detail how feudalism arose out of the chaos of the Carolingian Empire and permeated the social, political and economical structure of Europe.

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The writing is gnashof and rather lifeless and the endless legal ramifications of feudalism would, I suspect, drive most individuals mad with boredom and despair. Paulo Muller rated it really liked it Jun 22, Bekah rated it liked it Nov 30, All of the Lat I know there has been a lot of controversy over the idea and history of feudalism and that many might consider this dated.

I know there has been a lot of controversy over the idea and history of feudalism and that many might consider this ganhof.

Parliament17 rated it liked it Oct 12, Open Preview See a Problem? Where land, rank and titles were the be all and end all of medieval life and were how one climbed up the social ladder? Though Ganshof’s definition is not always accepted today, this book was not his only work. The author gives lengthy and intense monologues about fiefs and vassals, oaths of homage and military assistance, the hereditary titles that came and went with certain fiefs and how feudalism operated on different and contrasting scales in opposing feucalism.



Ganshof’s work was primarily on Flanders in the Carolingian period. I did find the lack of an index annoying, especially because of all the specialized language–if I couldn’t remember his definition of a term, I had to skim through the book looking for the first mention of it.

Professor Ganshof avoided the task, attempted by Marc Bloch, “Professor Ganshof’s book answers the prayer of every teacher and student of medieval history for a lucid, concise and authoritative exposition of feudal institutions. Standard textbook treatment but solid research. Jan 02, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: Charlie Kilpatrick rated it it was amazing Jul 31, Retrieved from ” https: Land is power and power is everything especially in the violent and ruthless Middle Ages.

Safna Sana rated it really liked it Aug 04, Feudalism, in Ganshof’s view, existed only within the nobility. After studies with Ferdinand Lothe practiced law for a period, before returning to the University of Ghent.

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. Jess rated it it was amazing Dec 19, Very detailed and very specific, it’s a good starting point towards understanding the workings of Feudal states. Studies in Carolingian Historytr.