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Reframing the feudal revolution : political and social transformation between Marne and Moselle, c. 800-c. 1100

Author: Charles West
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
Series: Cambridge studies in medieval life and thought, 4th ser., 90.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book revisits the idea of a 'Feudal Revolution' in Europe between 800 and 1100, examining the causes of profound socio-economic change.

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles West
ISBN: 9781107028869 1107028868
OCLC Number: 826300420
Description: xiii, 307 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The historiographical background --
The place of the Carolingians in the Feudal Revolution --
Methodology --
Geography and sources --
Part I. The Parameters of Carolingian Society --
1. Institutional integration --
Counts and the locality --
Bishops and episcopal organisation --
Royal power --
Conclusion: Structures of authority --
2. Networks of inequality --
Aristocratic solidarities and the limits of Carolingian institutions of rule --
The logic of aristocratic dominance --
Conclusion: The dominance of lordship? --
3. Carolingian co-ordinations --
Carolingian symbolic communication between Marne and Moselle : gifts, violence and meetings --
Characterising Carolingian symbolic communication --
From symbolic communication to economies of meaning --
Conclusion --
Part II. The long tenth-century, c. 880 to c. 1030 --
4. The ebbing of royal power --
The distancing of royal authority --
Post-royal politics --
The causes for the retreat of royal power --
Conclusion --
5. New hierarchies --
The transformation of the Carolingian county --
Lords and landlords in the long tenth century --
Ritual and society in the tenth century --
Conclusion: "Symbolic impoverishment" --
Part III. The exercise of authority through property rights, c. 1030-1130 --
6. The banality of power --
The rise of banal power --
The reification of political power --
Material consequences --
Conclusion --
7. Fiefs, Homage and the "Investiture Quarrel" --
Fiefs and dependent property --
Homage --
The "Investiture Quarrel" --
Towards a "secular liturgy"? --
Conclusion --
8. Upper Lotharingia and Champagne around 1100 --
The new political landscape between Marne and Moselle --
Upper Lotharingia and Champagne compared --
Architectures of power --
Conclusion --
Conclusion: Between the "long twelfth century" and the settlement of disputes --
Reframing the Feudal Revolution : the Carolingian legacy --
Manuscripts index.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in medieval life and thought, 4th ser., 90.
Responsibility: Charles West.

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