The Three Orders: Feudal Society Imagined

The Three Orders Feudal Society Imagined 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 wh

  • Title: The Three Orders: Feudal Society Imagined
  • Author: Georges Duby Arthur Goldhammer Thomas N. Bisson
  • ISBN: 9780226167725
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 interests cultIn 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 interests cultural, political, and economic were involved in its creation and use The Three Orders shows how the tripartite schema come to occupy a central position in social thought and clarifies the manner in which feudal society viewed itself.The book begins with a brief examination of a popular early seventh century treatise on the three estates of France Duby then jumps abruptly back to the period in which the notion that French society was divided into three estates was born It was the bishops of a tottering Capetian state who drew upon older imaginings of hierarchical order to project a new rationale for royal power and peasant subservience their ternary scheme collapsed with the monarchy itself, to be resuscitated in the twelfth century, when the maturing of feudal vassalic institutions and the conflict between Capetians and Plantagenets contributed to a definitive restoration of monarchical trifunctionality In tracing the fortunes of the three orders, Duby shows how the tripartite schema came to occupy a central position in social thought and clarifies the manner in which feudal society viewed itself.Praise for The Three Orders The Three Orders is a brilliant book, superbly reflecting the author s special scholarly style and remarkableintellectual power.To the best of my knowledge, there is no scholarly work which, taken as a whole, even remotely resembles it Professor Robert Benson, UCLA

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. "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, c [...]

    3. 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 wit [...]

    4. 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.

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