By Susan Reynolds
This examine is an exploration of the collective values and actions of lay society in Western Europe among the 10th century and the 13th. Arguing that medieval attitudes and behavior have too without difficulty been outlined when it comes to hierarchical constructions of presidency, clerical inspiration, or slender proposal of kinship, the writer in its place areas new emphasis at the horizontal bonds of collective organization which permeated society in medieval England, France and Burgundy, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy.
By refocusing at the social and political values that characterised lay collective job, this booklet bargains a stimulating new method of the background of medieval Europe. the second one variation of this significant research contains a vast new advent, which amplifies the arguments of the unique version and takes account of contemporary examine.
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4, 8, 9); and three grants of bookland (nos. 1, 2, 3). The geographical location and the position in the text of Hilgay, Walsoken and Wellen (nos. 5, 6, 7) mentioned in Ealdorman Æthelwine’s bequests suggest that they comprised part of Wulfgifu’s inheritance from her parents. They lay in north-west Norfolk within thirty kilometres of Brancaster, donated by Wulfgifu to Ramsey Abbey, and in the text are immediately followed by Sawtry (no. 4), connected to Æthelflæd. Chron. , ii, c. 28/xxiv, p.
13 (part of ten hides); no. 15 (six hides); no. 17 (thirty hides); and in Domesday Book no. 4 (seven and half hides); no. 5 (two and half hides); no. 8 (four and a half hides); no. 16 (eighty acres). He withdrew his claim after Ealdorman Æthelwine threatened him, but the case did not end there. The circumstances of the donation look like an amiticia agreement forged between former enemies, but one in which Æthelwine’s superiority was acknowledged by the descent of the property to his favoured abbey.
G. another Æthelgifu donated eighteen hides in Cambridgeshire to Ramsey c. 965x92; see Chron. , ii, c. 26, p. 51, with the date being suggested by the location of her donations between the gifts of Oswald and Ealdorman Æthelwine. ). The estate would have been greatly valued by a high status noblewoman as well as by a monastic community. The three marriages of Ealdorman Æthelwine did not establish links with families who can be shown to have had significant territorial interests in the political heartlands of the English kingdom, in the manner of the marriages of his father and elder brothers.
Kingdoms and Communities in Western Europe 900-1300 ( Second Edition) by Susan Reynolds