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The aristocracy of Norman England /
Judith A. Green.
imprint
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
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xv, 497 : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521335094 (hardback)
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imprint
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
isbn
0521335094 (hardback)
catalogue key
1712683
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 442-475) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1998-03-01:
In this worthy but altogether more broadly conceived successor to F.H. Stenton's First Century of English Feudalism, 1066-1166 (1932), Green (Queen's Univ., Belfast) expertly and gracefully synthesizes the results of more than three generations of copious and often contentious scholarship on the politics, economy, and society of the lay aristocracy of England in the first century after the Norman Conquest. This period and its subject, Green aptly argues, should be studied as a unit because of the new aristocracy's considerable cohesiveness and power vis-a-vis the crown. The four parts of Green's history treat, respectively, the composition of the group of conquering warriors and the process of conquest and settlement; the conditions of land tenure, building of castles, and nature of lordship; relations between the aristocracy and the crown; and familial relations, the condition of aristocratic women, and religious patronage. Faculty and students will be grateful for the consideration Green gives to the nature and problems of the primary sources. She also discusses the debates of modern scholars who have had to rely upon these sources, and notes those areas ripe for further research. Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. C. F. Briggs Georgia Southern University
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"Green expertly and gracefully synthesizes the results of more than three generations of copious and often contentious scholarship on the politics, economy, and society of the lay aristorcracy of England in the first century after the Norman conquest....Highly recommended." -- Choice
"Green's book will not merely be of interest to historians whose research interests lie in the Anglo-Norman period of English history; it may very well also become a source of concern to them, for its comprehensive analysis of much of the scholarly work of the last few decades may well obviate the necessity to consult some of these earlier writings. University librarians wise enough to purchase the volume for their collections,...will perform an invaluable service to their patrons." Cynthia Neville, Canadian Jrnl of History
‘This is an extremely useful book, providing a wide-ranging survey of the composition, power and practices of the aristocracy … it is to be hoped that this important book stimulates a fertile debate on the nature of aristocratic power, in England and beyond.’Journal of Ecclesiastical History
'This is an extremely useful book, providing a wide-ranging survey of the composition, power and practices of the aristocracy ... it is to be hoped that this important book stimulates a fertile debate on the nature of aristocratic power, in England and beyond.'Journal of Ecclesiastical History
"This substantial, learned book is both an ambitious synthesis and a research monograph about the century-long complex process of adaptation that followed the settlement of the foreign aristocracy in England. The book is rich in ideas, cautious in argument, and well-written..." Joseph H. Lynch, Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"Students and professors alike will find much to think about in Judith Green's synthesis of recent scholarship and her own research on aristocratic power and society in England during the century after the Norman Conquest." Thomas K. Keefe, Speculum
'This is an extremely useful book, providing a wide-ranging survey of the composition, power and practices of the aristocracy ... it is to be hoped that this important book stimulates a fertile debate on the nature of aristocratic power, in England and beyond.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History
' ... a well-documented, well-argued and balanced account of a pivotal period.' History Today
' ... a well-documented, well-argued and balanced account of a pivotal period.'History Today
‘ … a well-documented, well-argued and balanced account of a pivotal period.’History Today
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This book provides the first rounded account of the new and highly influential ruling elite of England in the century after the Norman conquest of 1066, in which the old English aristocracy a swept aside. It focuses on four main themes: land (the transfer of land to the aristocracy, and the organisation of the great estates), power (the nature of power and its vitality), politics (the aims and strategies of the nobles), and society (kinship, the role of women, and piety).
Description for Bookstore
This book provides the first rounded account of the new ruling elite of England in the century after 1066. It focuses on four main themes: land, power, politics, and society (including, specifically, the role of women).
Description for Library
This book provides the first rounded account of the new and highly influential ruling elite of England in the century after the Norman conquest of 1066, in which the old English aristocracy was swept aside. It focuses on four main themes: land (the transfer of land to the aristocracy, and the organisation of the great estates), power (the nature of power and its vitality), politics (the aims and strategies of the nobles), and society (kinship, the role of women, and piety).
Main Description
This book provides the first rounded account of the new and highly influential ruling elite of England in the century after the Norman conquest of 1066, in which the old English aristocracy was swept aside. It focuses on four main themes: land (the transfer of land to the aristocracy, and the organization of the great estates), power (the nature of power and its vitality), politics (the aims and strategies of the nobles), and society (kinship, the role of women, and piety).
Bowker Data Service Summary
Green offers a rounded account of the new ruling elite of England in the century after 1066, and stresses the vitality of aristocratic power throughout the period, particularly during the civil war under King Stephen.
Main Description
This book provides the first rounded account of the new ruling elite of England in the century after 1066. It deals with the revolution in landholding by which the old English aristocracy was swept aside, and the nature of aristocratic power, as demonstrated by the control of castles and knights, and lordship over men and land. The book stresses the vitality of aristocratic power throughout the period, particularly during the civil war under King Stephen. The part played by kinship and family in building up and extending influence are emphasised, and a separate chapter is devoted to the crucial role played by women in the transmission of land. The role of aristocratic benefactors in the wave of generosity which brought great wealth to the church is also examined and, finally, the extent to which the newcomers identified themselves with the country they had conquered.
Table of Contents
Illustrations
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
Conquest and settlement
Wealth and power
The aristocracy and the crown
Aristocratic society
Conclusion
Bibliography
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