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Property and Power in the Early Middle Ages

Property and Power in the Early Middle Ages

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David Ganz, Ian Wood, Paul Fouracre, Janet Nelson, Patrick Wormald, Wendy Davies, Timothy Reuter, Rosemary Morris, Chris Wickham
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  • Date Published: August 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521522250

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  • This is a collection of original essays on the relationship between property and power, a fundamental theme in medieval history. It addresses four main issues: the meaning of power over property; the ways in which property conveyed power; the nature of immunities; and the power of royal authority to affect property relations. The areas studied include Wales, England, France, Germany, Italy, and Byzantium, and the essays range across the period 650-1150.

    • A high-powered, original collection of essays which focuses on one of the fundamental themes of medieval history
    • From the same 'team' as the highly-regarded Settlement of Disputes volume (1986, paperback 1992)
    • Includes discussions of England, Wales, Byzantium, Germany, Italy and France over a long chronological period
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...the authors have certainly provided a series of good examples about how one may read and interpret the characters from the time." COnstance B. Bouchard, Journal of Economic History

    "This welcome book may be likened to one of those admirable chamber ensembles that perfom music without conductor." Thomas N. Bisson, Speculum

    "This collection of essays on a single theme by Britain's leading early medievalists is a rich and ambitious book. Like the rich, it exudes quality, elegance, and confidence, and like the ambitious, it applies considerable energy to hug tasks." Richard Gerberding, The American Journal of Legal History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521522250
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.545kg
    • contains: 4 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps
    1. The ideology of sharing: apostolic community and ecclesiastical property in the early middle ages David Ganz
    2. Teutsind, Witlaic and the history of Merovingian precaria Ian Wood
    3. Eternal light and earthly needs: practical aspects of the development of Frankish immunities Paul Fouracre
    4. The wary widow Janet Nelson
    5. Lordship and justice in the early English kingdom: Oswaldslow revisited Patrick Wormald
    6. Adding insult to injury: power, property, and immunities in early medieval Wales Wendy Davies
    7. Property transactions and social relations between rulers, bishops and nobles in early eleventh-century Saxony: the evidence of the Vita Meinwerci Timothy Reuter
    8. Monastic exemptions in tenth- and eleventh-century Byzantium Rosemary Morris
    9. Property ownership and signorial power in twelfth-century Tuscany Chris Wickham
    10. Conclusion: property and power in early medieval Europe

  • Editors

    Wendy Davies, University College London

    Paul Fouracre, Goldsmiths, University of London


    David Ganz, Ian Wood, Paul Fouracre, Janet Nelson, Patrick Wormald, Wendy Davies, Timothy Reuter, Rosemary Morris, Chris Wickham

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