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The Resource Bastard feudalism, Michael Hicks

Bastard feudalism, Michael Hicks

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Bastard feudalism
Title
Bastard feudalism
Statement of responsibility
Michael Hicks
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Language
eng
Summary
'Bastard Feudalism' is the term historians give to the tie that bound late medieval retainers to their lords, and allowed those lords in turn to wield the political power, and cut the figure, appropriate to their rank. Without it, the late medieval aristocracy would not have been able to rule their localities, and fight the wars (at home as well as abroad) that were such a prominent feature of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. It is thus of fundamental importance to our understanding of the late medieval world - its warfare, local government, justice and public order, as well as its politics and social structure. But bastard feudalism had a longer-term significance, too: by involving payment (rather than the grant of land) in return for service, it contributed to the increasing mobility of society that marks the transition to the early modern world. This major work now offers the most radical reinterpretation of the subject for fifty years, transforming our understanding of it and setting a fresh agenda for future work in the field. Michael Hicks argues that bastard feudalism started far earlier and lasted far longer than scholars have traditionally allowed; and that it was far more complex - and often much more positive - in its effects than its conventional image as a source of instability and abuse. Traditionally the concept has been linked almost exclusively to the non-resident gentry of 1300-1500 (the so-called indentured retainers). This book by contrast deals with the period from 1150 to 1650, and reveals more continuity than change over the five centuries it spans. It demonstrates that the most important retainers throughout the period were in fact the members of the lord's own household and the tenants of his estates, men whose bonds with their lord were particularly strong and enduring. Indentured retainers were unusual, and had all but disappeared by 1470. Because these ties were stable, Professor Hicks argues, society founded on them was also predominantly stable. While bastard feudalism could be used to pervert justice and promote violence and civil war, he shows that its prime functions were peaceful and ceremonial, and that it normally operated within the law and was increasingly regulated by it
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DLC
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1948-
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Hicks, Michael
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Medieval world
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  • Power (Social sciences)
  • Land tenure
  • Feudalism
  • Feudalism
  • Power (Social sciences)
  • Land tenure
  • Great Britain
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Bastard feudalism, Michael Hicks
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 230-234) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
31045295
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 243 pages
Isbn
9780582060920
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
94034281
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1662637
Label
Bastard feudalism, Michael Hicks
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 230-234) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
31045295
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xii, 243 pages
Isbn
9780582060920
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
94034281
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(WaOLN)1662637

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