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Michele Hansen




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PostPosted: Thu 09 Dec, 2010 1:17 pm    Post subject: Feudalism: good overview of origins and regional practices         Reply with quote

I found this nice little article that highlights the Roman influence on the development of Feudalism, and how the culture varied in different regions of Europe. It does a great job comparing Common Law, Statutory laws, and Customary laws.

http://www.iun.edu/~hisdcl/h113_2001/feudalism.htm

I think this is an online post by a college instructor for student reference. I found it very informative. Cheers!

Michele

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PostPosted: Mon 13 Dec, 2010 3:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's the overview one typically finds in surveys of Western Civ. Keep in mind that the word "feudalism" never existed in the Middle Ages and there has been quite a lot of debate in the last thirty years about what historians actually mean when they say it.

Melissa Snell at about.com has a summary of the academic bunfight here: http://historymedren.about.com/od/feudalism/a/feudalism.htm
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Michele Hansen




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PostPosted: Mon 13 Dec, 2010 5:46 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

A. Elema wrote:
Keep in mind that the word "feudalism" never existed in the Middle Ages and there has been quite a lot of debate in the last thirty years about what historians actually mean when they say it.

Melissa Snell at about.com has a summary of the academic bunfight here: http://historymedren.about.com/od/feudalism/a/feudalism.htm


Hi, A. Elema:

Thanks for the information concerning the usage and terminology of this article. I posted this for History novices such as me. When I finally take (or should I say, re-take) a Western Civ. class, I might finally do better than a 2.0.

I figured "Feudalism" depicted an historical epoch. I read somewhere that peers would sometimes refer to themselves as "feudatories" which meant they held lands in "fidelity" to their liege lord. I doubt the term as it is now understood, i.e. people feuding over some trespass, or other insult, was pertinent to them.

I will definitely check out that bunfight article. LOL! "Bunfight" is a completely new term in my vocabulary. I will use it in a sentence as soon as I am able to do so correctly.

Cheers!

Michele

Il est apelée de Montfort. Il est el Mond, et si est fort. Si ad grant chevalrie; Je vois et je m’ acort. Il eime le droit, et het le tort. Si avera le mestrie!
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