Cloth, 8vo, 22 cm, xii, 308 pp. From the blurb: "This is a history of German knighthood as a class in its medieval heyday, dealing not only with the customs and practices of knightly life but also with the impact of knighthood in the political world of the German Empire. Using a wealth of descriptive detail from the lives of individual knights, families, or groups to support his general explanations, the author examines the inner mechanisms of landowning, marriage, inheritance, and the variform lifestyle and mentality of the knightly class; and also the outward effects of the knighthood's involvement with warfare, office-holding, patronage of the Church, and residence in castles and towns. The main aim of the book is to reveal the consequences of the chief socio-legal characteristic of German knighthood: that most of the knights were at once noble and unfree. The author analyses their ambivalent status; how descent determined their standing; the rules, rights, and obligations under which they operated; the exact relation of their legal unfreedom to the customs of knightly vassalage; the meaning of their being owned by the German magnates; and the controversial problems surrounding their emergence in the eleventh century. A substantial introduction deals with the fundamental idea that the unfree knights were above all professional warriors in an empire where tactical violence was an integral part of the political structure. These realities, the author argues, formed the central dynamic in the development of the knighthood, and are emphasized throughout this thorough and original study." Small blemishes to fore-edge of front board, otherwise Very Good in Very Good dustwrapper. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Titel: German Knighthood, 1050-1300.
Verlag: Clarendon Press, Oxford, first edition, 1985
Buchbeschreibung Oxford :. Oxford University Press, USA, 1985. Reprint. Hardcover. Dustjacket. 308 pp.Condition : as new. - This is a thorough and original study of German knighthood as a class in its medieval heyday. Arnold draws on a rich array of descriptive detail from the lives of individual knights, their families, and various groups to examine knightly customs and practices, the impact of knighthood in the political world of the German Empire, and the curious status of most knights as at once noble and unfree. These unfree knights, argues Arnold, were above all professional warriors in an empire where violence for political ends prevailed--a harsh reality that dictated the structure and development of their class. (Oxford University Press Academic Monograph Reprints). English text. Condition : as new. ISBN 9780198219606 [KEYWORDS: MEDIEVAL STUDIES. Artikel-Nr. 31077
Buchbeschreibung Oxford, Clarendon Press 1999. 308 S., OPappband m. OUmschlag. Sehr gutes Exemplar. Artikel-Nr. 95732