The Crisis of the Twelfth Century: Power, Lordship, and the Origins of European Government

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Princeton University Press, 22 сент. 2015 г. - Всего страниц: 720

Medieval civilization came of age in thunderous events like the Norman Conquest and the First Crusade. Power fell into the hands of men who imposed coercive new lordships in quest of nobility. Rethinking a familiar history, Thomas Bisson explores the circumstances that impelled knights, emperors, nobles, and churchmen to infuse lordship with social purpose.

Bisson traces the origins of European government to a crisis of lordship and its resolution. King John of England was only the latest and most conspicuous in a gallery of bad lords who dominated the populace instead of ruling it. Yet, it was not so much the oppressed people as their tormentors who were in crisis. The Crisis of the Twelfth Century suggests what these violent people—and the outcries they provoked—contributed to the making of governments in kingdoms, principalities, and towns.

 

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Introduction
1
The Age of Lordship 8751150
22
The Experience of Power
84
Imperial Lands
111
France
128
Northern Kingdoms
155
Crises of Power 10601150
182
When Christ and His Saints Slept
269
Intrusions of Government 11501215
289
Celebration and Persuasion 11601225
425
Pacification
471
Politicised Power
484
Epilogue
573
Glossary
583
Index
641
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Thomas N. Bisson is the Henry Charles Lea Professor of Medieval History Emeritus at Harvard University.

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