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The Image of Aristocracy: In Britain, 1000-1300

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David Crouch provides a broad definition of aristorcracy by examining the ways aristocrats behaved and lived between 1000 and 1300. He analyses life-style, class and luxurious living in those years. A distinctive feature of the book is that it takes a British, rather than Anglocentric, view - looking at the penetration of Welsh and Scottish society by Anglo-French ideas of ...more
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published November 17th 1992 by Routledge (first published January 1st 1992)
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Michael K.
Dec 07, 2014 Michael K. rated it really liked it
David Crouch, an Anglican priest and professor of medieval history at the University of Hull, is one of the most influential scholars working these days in the area of Anglo-Norman studies, and this widely-cited volume brings together most of his ideas and observations on the origins of feudalism and the nobility in Britain — although he prefers "aristocracy" to "nobility" and explains why in convincing detail. He also has some cogent things to say on the present state of research and those doin ...more
In the last paragraph of this book Crouch states: "But the whole concern of the book has been to show how complicated the developments in the aristocracy were between 1000 and 1300 . . .".
Unfortunately Crouch's approach does not make it easy to understand how complicated the developments were. One academic reviewer stated that "the book is not always as easy to follow as one could have wished." Another found it touched on the "unnecessarily encyclopaedic where detail crowds argument." I agree w
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David Crouch (born 1953) is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Hull.
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