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Those of My Blood: Constructing Noble Families in Medieval Francia (Middle Ages Series)

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Those of My Blood Creating Noble Families in Medieval Francia Constance Brittain Bouchard Winner of the 2002 best book by an Ohio Historian Award of the Ohio Academy of History Constance Bouchard tackles five major themes: the definition of 'family, ' the position of women in noble families, the flexibility in constructing who was considered family, the impact of family strategies on early medieval politics, and the 'transformation' of the nobility around the year 1000. . . . A wonderful introduction to those new to the subject as well as a welcome contribution to the debate on the nature of the medieval nobility.--Medieval Review For those who ruled medieval society, the family was the crucial social unit, made up of those from whom property and authority were inherited and those to whom it passed. One's kin could be one's closest political and military allies or one's fiercest enemies. While the general term used to describe family members was consanguinei mei, those of my blood, not all of those relations-parents, siblings, children, distant cousins, maternal relatives, paternal ancestors, and so on-counted as true family in any given time, place, or circumstance. In the early and high Middle Ages, the family was a very different group than it is in modern society, and the ways in which medieval men and women conceptualized and structured the family unit changed markedly over time. Focusing on the Frankish realm between the eighth and twelfth centuries, Constance Brittain Bouchard outlines the operative definitions of family in this period when there existed various and flexible ways by which individuals were or were not incorporated into the family group. Even in medievalpatriarchal society, women of the aristocracy, who were considered outsiders by their husbands and their husbands' siblings and elders, were never completely marginalized and paradoxically represented the very essence of family to their male children. Bouchard also engages in the ongoing scholarly debate about the nobility around the year 1000, arguing that there was no clear point of transition from amorphous family units to agnatically structured kindred. Instead, she points out that great noble families always privileged the male line of descent, even if most did not establish father-son inheritance until the eleventh or twelfth century. Those of My Blood clarifies the complex meanings of medieval family structure and family consciousness and shows the many ways in which negotiations of power within the noble family can help explain early medieval politics. Constance Brittain Bouchard is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Akron. The Middle Ages Series 2001 ] 264 pages ] 6 x 9 ISBN 978-0-8122-3590-6 ] Cloth ] $65.00s ] 42.50 World Rights ] History Short copy: A wonderful introduction to those new to the subject as well as a welcome contribution to the debate on the nature of the medieval nobility.--Medieval Review

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For those who ruled medieval society, the family was the crucial social unit, made up of those from whom property and authority were inherited and those to whom it passed. One's kin could be one's closest political and military allies or one's fiercest enemies. While the general term used to describe family members was consanguinei mei, those of my blood, not all of those relations-parents, siblings, children, distant cousins, maternal relatives, paternal ancestors, and so on-counted as true family in any given time, place, or circumstance. In the early and high Middle Ages, the family was a very different group than it is in modern society, and the ways in which medieval men and women conceptualized and structured the family unit changed markedly over time.Focusing on the Frankish realm between the eighth and twelfth centuries, Constance Brittain Bouchard outlines the operative definitions of family in this period when there existed various and flexible ways by which individuals were or were not incorporated into the family group. Even in medieval patriarchal society, women of the aristocracy, who were considered outsiders by their husbands and their husbands' siblings and elders, were never completely marginalized and paradoxically represented the very essence of family to their male children.Bouchard also engages in the ongoing scholarly debate about the nobility around the year 1000, arguing that there was no clear point of transition from amorphous family units to agnatically structured kindred. Instead, she points out that great noble families always privileged the male line of descent, even if most did not establish father-son inheritance until the eleventh or twelfth century. Those of My Blood clarifies the complex meanings of medieval family structure and family consciousness and shows the many ways in which negotiations of power within the noble family can help explain early medieval politics.

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"A wonderful introduction to those new to the subject as well as a welcome contribution to the debate on the nature of the medieval nobility."--"Medieval Review"

Product Details

ISBN:
9780812235906
Author:
Bouchard, Constance Brittain
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press
Location:
Philadelphia
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Genealogy
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Nobility
Subject:
Knights and knighthood
Subject:
Nobility -- France.
Subject:
Nobility -- France -- History -- To 1500.
Subject:
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
Series:
Middle Ages Series
Series Volume:
[66]
Publication Date:
20010231
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9.00x6.00x.75 in. 1.20 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Medieval
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance

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"Synopsis" by , For those who ruled medieval society, the family was the crucial social unit, made up of those from whom property and authority were inherited and those to whom it passed. One's kin could be one's closest political and military allies or one's fiercest enemies. While the general term used to describe family members was consanguinei mei, those of my blood, not all of those relations-parents, siblings, children, distant cousins, maternal relatives, paternal ancestors, and so on-counted as true family in any given time, place, or circumstance. In the early and high Middle Ages, the family was a very different group than it is in modern society, and the ways in which medieval men and women conceptualized and structured the family unit changed markedly over time.Focusing on the Frankish realm between the eighth and twelfth centuries, Constance Brittain Bouchard outlines the operative definitions of family in this period when there existed various and flexible ways by which individuals were or were not incorporated into the family group. Even in medieval patriarchal society, women of the aristocracy, who were considered outsiders by their husbands and their husbands' siblings and elders, were never completely marginalized and paradoxically represented the very essence of family to their male children.Bouchard also engages in the ongoing scholarly debate about the nobility around the year 1000, arguing that there was no clear point of transition from amorphous family units to agnatically structured kindred. Instead, she points out that great noble families always privileged the male line of descent, even if most did not establish father-son inheritance until the eleventh or twelfth century. Those of My Blood clarifies the complex meanings of medieval family structure and family consciousness and shows the many ways in which negotiations of power within the noble family can help explain early medieval politics.
"Synopsis" by , "A wonderful introduction to those new to the subject as well as a welcome contribution to the debate on the nature of the medieval nobility."--"Medieval Review"
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