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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Where land, rank and titles were the be all and end all of medieval life and were how one climbed up the social ladder? If you’re looking for a quick, accessible, and intelligent introduction to feudalism this is a good place to go. View all 4 comments.

This was a great, informative book, it was just so dry! The nobleman, now tenant-in-chief, would further subdivide his land and bequeath it too his knights and followers, insuring their loyalty to him.

François-Louis Ganshof – Wikipedia

Feudalism, in Ganshof’s view, existed only within the nobility. What happens when you can no longer perform your duties either due to age or fitness, if you owe service to more than one Lord and both are at war with each other, is the Fief heritable, can a widow hold a fief for an infant?

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. I know there has been a lot of controversy over the idea and history of feudalism and that many might consider this dated. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Just don’t expect this to be super engaging I found it interesting to imagine the audience the publisher foresaw.


Jess rated it it was amazing Dec 19, Published December by Harper Torchbooks first published Ganshof, The Carolingians and the Frankish Monarchy.

Narrow interpretation of the feudal relationship in Western Europe from the ninth to the twelfth centuries. Professor Ganshof avoided the task, attempted by Marc Bloch, of describing the whole society of the Feudal period and confined himself to those institutionalized relationships of lord and man, prevalent in western Europe from the ninth to the thirteenth century, which are commonly included in the narrower definition of Feudalism.

The best English-language introduction to this very major aspect of his work is in F.

Brittney Tyler rated it liked it May 09, He contributed greatly to his field, mostly through articles. No trivia or quizzes yet. Susan rated it it was amazing Apr 01, Rozinha Leal rated it liked it Sep 08, Bruna rated it liked it Sep 06, Jan 02, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: The joy and the problem of Bloch’s definition is that includes medieval Europe, Japan and the Middle East among others as having Feudal Societies – broadly similar ways of extracting value from agriculture and power over the countryside, if one wants to talk about what was weird, specific and peculiar to Europe then one needs Ganshof, the issue with him is that it is not just particular to a place but also a time, his book deals with a period of about one century and one can already spot the system straining and changing in ganshoc and not conforming to Ganshof’s vision, his feudxlism almost invites a series of categories Feudalism I through to Feudalism VII b wales to deal with the development and varieties in time and space of European Feudalism.

François-Louis Ganshof

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Fsudalism rated it really liked it Apr 26, Paulo Muller rated it really liked it Jun 22, It is an inexpensive paperback. It’s the perfect place to go if you want clear definitions on the types of feudal tenure and a quick overview of how the institution developed from the Merovingians to Carolingians and then to it’s ‘classical’ phase in the high middle ages. If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you.


Standard textbook treatment but solid research. Nov gannshof, Matthew Dambro rated it really liked it. 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 geudalism around the tenth century. This contrasts with the later ideas of Marc Blochwhere feudalism encompasses society as a wholeand those of Susan Reynoldsquestioning the concept of feudalism in itself.

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May 11, Michelle rated it liked it. Ernesto Ribeiro rated it it was amazing Jul 27, After studies with Ferdinand Lothe practiced law for a period, before returning to the University of Ghent. On and on it would go until the peasantry themselves received small parcels gnshof land from however was above them in rank. Thankfully, he italicizes the words which did make it easier to scan for them.

The slight problem is that Ganshof is right and Bloch is also right. Jan 18, Ryan Patrick rated it really liked it Shelves: Ganshof’s work was primarily on Flanders in the Carolingian period.