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VILLAINAGE IN ENGLAND: ESSAYS IN ENGLISH MEDIAEVEL HISTORY

Vinogradoff, Paul


Item #: 14305

Pages: xii, 464p.
Published: Union; Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.; 2005.

Subjects: UNITED KINGDOM

This classic study was highly regarded by Maitland andHoldsworth. An unsigned article in the EncyclopaediaBritannica (11th ed.) said it is "perhaps the most importantbook written on the peasantry of the feudal age and thevillage community in England; it can only be compared forthe value with F.W. Maitland's Domesday Book and Beyond."(28:100). Vinogradoff argues that the Norman-era villainwas the direct descendent of the Anglo-Saxon freeman, so thetypical Anglo-Saxon settlement was a free community ratherthan a manor. An impressive work of original scholarship andsynthesis, it "shed a wholly new light on the social andlegal aspects of the institution of villainage": Holdsworth,The Historians of English Law 86.Reprinted by The Lawbook Exchange, Ltd.Distributed by William S. Hein & Co., Inc.

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