1st Edition

The Medieval Foundations of England

By G.O. Sayles Copyright 1948
    510 Pages
    by Routledge

    510 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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



    G.O. Sayles