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The Medieval Foundations of England

1st Edition

By G.O. Sayles


506 pages

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pub: 2019-07-12
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Originally published in 1948, The Medieval Foundations of England is a chronological framework of the history of ideas and action during the medieval period. The book discusses the fundamental problems of medieval life in England, examining the agricultural foundation of England, the impact of the Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian civilizations, the feudalization of society, and the interpenetration of Anglo-Saxon and Norman civilizations. The book also examines the issues faced by the ‘New Monarchy’ of Henry II and the development of Parliament, it also examines how the intellectual Renaissance of the twelfth century affected medieval society. The book critically examines the historical sources of information and provides a reading list for each chapter.

Table of Contents

1. Britain of the Eve of the Anglo-Saxon Settlements

2. The Sources of History Before 871

3. The Conversion of England

4. The Movement Towards Political Unity

5. The Sources of History, 971-1066

6. The Invasion of the Northmen

7. The Salvation of Wessex

8. The Conversion of the Wessex Kingship into an English Monarchy

9. St Dunstan and the Revival of the Church

10. The Agricultural Foundation of England

11. The Structure of Anglo-Saxon Society

12. The Impact of Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon Civilizations

13. The Last English Kings

14. The Administrative History of England, 899-1066

15. Church and Culture in the Eleventh Century

16. The Feudalization of Society Before the Norman Conquest

17. The Impact of the Normans Upon Anglo-Saxon Civilization

18. The Sources of History in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

19. Administration Under the Norman Monarchy

20. The Lessons of Anarchy

21. The New Monarchy

22. The Religious Revival and Intellectual Renaissance

23. Administration without the King

24. The Circumscription of Monarchy

25. The Striving Towards Constitutional Opposition

26. Social and Economic Developments in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

27. The Medieval Parliaments of England


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Medieval World

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1938 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of medieval history and medieval literature, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines medieval history from the early Middle Ages, right up until the Reformation, as well as the effect of the medieval period on later cultures, such as the Victorians. This collection draws together books on the monarchy, medieval philosophy, religion, art, music, psychology and architecture as well as volumes on medieval archeology. The collection also brings together key volumes on medieval literature of the period, with formative works examining medieval religious literature, medieval legends and oral tradition. The collection also includes titles examining specific poems from the period such as Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Pearl, as well as volumes on influential writers of the period such as Jean Froissant, John Lydgate and Margery Kempe. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse medieval period and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of history and literature, but of anthropology, music, psychology and religion.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General