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The Three Orders: Feudal Society Imagined

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In The Three Orders, prominent Annales historian Georges Duby offers a tripartite construct of medieval French society, a construct which depicts men separating themselves hierarchically into those who pray, those who fight, and those who work. He considers how this medieval theory of orders originated, discusses its complex history, and shows how different ...more
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Published December 15th 1982 by University of Chicago Press (first published 1978)
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Nick
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
An intellectual history of medieval thought regarding the three orders of medieval society: those who ran the state, those who mediated with the divine, and those whose labor fed all three. Until, of course, the time when that framework was no longer applicable, which Georges Duby locates in the 12th century, when merchants and clerks appeared. In retrospect, the tripartite framework, as articulated by the learned men of the Middle Ages, seems like a justification for setting up a hierarchy, ...more
António Conceição
"Uns dedicam-se particularmente ao serviço de Deus; outros garantem pelas armas a defesa do Estado; outros ainda a alimentá-lo e a mantê-lo pelos exercícios da paz. São estas três as ordens ou estados gerais da França: o Clero, a Nobreza e o Terceiro Estado".

A partir dos textos medievais, Duby analisa as contradições na construção e concepção da sociedade feudal francesa, uma concepção que se prolongou muito para lá do fim convencional da Idade Média e de cujas reminiscências se guardam ainda
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Samuel
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: história
Prečo čítať túto knihu?
1. Duby je popredným francúzskym medievalistom/historikom stredoveku, súčasť školy/hnutia Annales, čiže minimálne pre študenta histórie povinná jazda.
2. Samotná kniha je veľmi inšpiratívna spôsobom, akým je napísaná. Autor sa veľa pýta, ešte viac sa snaží odpovedať. Pracuje 90% s prameňmi literárnej povahy, snaží sa pochopiť myslenie a hlavne ideológiu doby.
3. Čitateľ pochopí základnú myšlienkovú predstavu stredoveku - delenie na tri rády/stavy/funkcie.
4. Ponúka totálne
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Nick
Oct 01, 2014 added it
Probably the most readable book out there about the schema of medieval French society being made up of the titular three orders, those who pray, those who fight, and those who work the land, and oh man does that ever sound tedious now that I'm typing it out. I know it sounds bad, but I found this book to be pretty interesting and surprisingly readable. My only caveat is that you really have to pay attention, because if you let your mind wander away from the text you can skip down half a page ...more
Thomas
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
nicely written book about the development of the trifunctional ideology in medieval france. he also talks a lot about class relations and modes of production so you know it's cool.
Mihai Zodian
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Societatea împărțită în grupuri, fiecare cu rolul lui, legături legitime de protecție și loialitatea, sancțiune ideologică… Nu este vorba despre o teorie sociologică de inspirație structuralist-funcționalistă modernă, ci despre o imagine, un proiect medieval a cărui istorie a tratat-o magistral Georges Duby. Cele trei ordine ne oferă povestea feudalității, a prăbușirii unei formule sociale ideale între secolele X/XI și al XIII-lea și a ascensiunii monarhiei franceze, cu un ochi privind către ...more
Frederik Vandelannoote
Zeer specifiek boek, te detaillistisch tenzij voor echte experts die het vermoedelijk een fantastisch boek zullen vinden. Geconcentreerd op zeer beperkte periode en regio. Lichte politiek linkse ondertoon, de schrijver verklaart veel vanuit een "economische" visie op de evolutie van de geschiedenis. Ietwat repetitief geeft het boek toch een redelijk goed beeld van het idee van de "driedeling" en zijn evolutie.
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