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Old January 4th, 2017, 07:59 AM   #1

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Nobility in Medieval Europe


Hi everyone,

I am currently researching the role of the nobility and fiefdom throughout medieval Europe. I have been using English and German sources, both books and articles. My professor has now asked me to do a presentation regarding the concept of nobility in medieval Europe...was it a European concept? What is nobility? etc
I have a few choices for the source(s) I could use (e.g. Edward III and the New Nobility by J.Bothwell)
But I'm thinking I need more of a general source about the differences in nobility throughout Europe, pertaining mainly to England and Germany. As all the sources I have are too specific. I'm having trouble finding a recent article covering a more general approach.

If anyone would be able to recommend any source covering this topic, it would be a great help.

Thanks in advance
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do you speak only english or other languages as well?
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It happens I'm in Scotland, so I give you a bit of credit. Only German and English? Or also French or "Italian" [Italy wasn't, but just to make it simple let's use that adjective]?

Because if you enlarge the analysis to the "nobility" of Italian lands, you have to be accurate about which period of Middle Ages are you considering [the Langobardic nobility was quite ... ehm ... primitive ... Dukes all around!].

So my suggestion is: focus your attention on some particular environments and then develop your research.
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It happens I'm in Scotland, so I give you a bit of credit. Only German and English? Or also French or "Italian" [Italy wasn't, but just to make it simple let's use that adjective]?

Because if you enlarge the analysis to the "nobility" of Italian lands, you have to be accurate about which period of Middle Ages are you considering [the Langobardic nobility was quite ... ehm ... primitive ... Dukes all around!].

So my suggestion is: focus your attention on some particular environments and then develop your research.
I don't know literature about Scottish nobility, but when I read his posting I immediately thought about Scotland, too. The rise of franco- and anglo-norman nobility under Scottish kings, the clan structure are very interesting to.
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Old January 4th, 2017, 09:03 AM   #5

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English is my native language and I am fluent in German. I speak a little Spanish and Italian.

I am personally from Scotland but my seminar is focused on mainly German and English medieval history as that is where the most knowledge lies (hence why I've restricted it to these two countries). If not, then a general European article would also help.

I have found Kenneth Jupp's "European Feudalism from its Emergence through its Decline" and I think I will use this but I still need an article covering nobility.

I just thought I'd check if there were any recommendations from Historians in here.
Thanks all for the advice thus far
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English is my native language and I am fluent in German. I speak a little Spanish and Italian.

I am personally from Scotland but my seminar is focused on mainly German and English medieval history as that is where the most knowledge lies (hence why I've restricted it to these two countries). If not, then a general European article would also help.

I have found Kenneth Jupp's "European Feudalism from its Emergence through its Decline" and I think I will use this but I still need an article covering nobility.

I just thought I'd check if there were any recommendations from Historians in here.
Thanks all for the advice thus far
an older work, but still good is Wenskus, Reinhard, Sächsischer Stammesadel und fränkischer Reichsadel (= Abhandlungen der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, Philologisch-Historische Klasse. Folge 3, Nr. 93). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1976.

or

Becher, Matthias, Rex, Dux und Gens. Untersuchungen zur Entstehung des sächsischen Herzogtums im 9. und 10. Jahrhundert (= Historische Studien. Bd. 444). Matthiesen, Husum 1996.

or

Rösener, Werner (Hrsg.), Tradition und Erinnerung in Adelsherrschaft und bäuerlicher Gesellschaft, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2004.
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If you can read some Portuguese (with your Spanish and with the help of a translator) you have an online article by José Mattoso: “A Nobreza Medieval Portuguesa no Contexto Peninsular”/”The Portuguese Medieval Nobility in the Peninsular context”:

http://ler.letras.up.pt/uploads/ficheiros/4047.pdf
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Vielen Dank Beorna! That's a great help, I'll have a read through them.
Thanks for the recommendation Tulius but not sure if the other students will manage to read Portuguese, interesting though.
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