Feudalism - F. L. (Francois Louis) GanshofLondon, New York & Toronto: Longmans, Green & Co., 1952, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Tape marks to the pastedowns where a protective cover has been fitted to the dust wrapper at some point. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Black & white plates; List of abbreviations;
From the cover: “Professor Ganshof’s book on feudalism, the first French edition of which was published in Belgium in 1944, has been generally accepted by scholars as the most lucid and penetrating study yet written of one of the basic institutions of European civilisation. The book shows how the concepts and institutions of the vassalage and benefice, took shape in Merovingian Gaul and fused with one another under the Carolingians, leading on to the formation of the military fief and its spread over most of Western Europe in the tenth and eleventh centuries. One of the author’s main objects is to trace the interrelationship of the personal and property elements in the complex of feudal ideas and institutions, and to study their action upon one another. He is mainly concerned with the legal aspects of feudalism, and he rightly insists that a correct understanding of these is a necessary preliminary to a study of its social and economic manifestations.
This, the first English translation of the book, made in close cooperation with the author, is in reality a third edition, for the text has been carefully revised and several new sections have been added.”