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"I have targeted upon that interval which such a lot historians deliberate to be the vintage age of Western feudalism. this is often the early and valuable heart a while, to approximately 1300, and particularly the 12th and 13th centuries. In part I, the files selected are supposed to illustrate the social and highbrow milieu of the feudal age or a long time. part II presents illustrations of the elemental associations of feudalism - vassalage, the fief, and what has normally been known as 'private justice.' In part III, at the feudal principality, the records illustrate the makes use of made from those associations the least bit the various states of Europe, back particularly within the 12th and 13th centuries. The fourth and ultimate part examines the self-image and the values of the warrior classification via records exhibiting the nature of chivalry.

"In these types of sections, the editor has tried to provide examples of the relevant forms of documents which historians now use of their investigations of feudal society. He has accordingly incorporated not just legislation and felony commentaries, deepest charters and administrative documents, but in addition decisions from chronicles, saints' lives, sermons, liturgical works, and creative literature. His desire is they might jointly illustrate works, and imaginitive literature. His desire is they could jointly illustrate in concrete and human phrases the relationships among males and males, and males and governments, that have been on the center of the feudal system." from the PREFACE

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