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The History of Government from the Earliest TimesVolume II: The Intermediate Ages$
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S. E. Finer

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207900

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207900.001.0001

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The Feudal Background

The Feudal Background

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5. The Feudal Background
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The History of Government from the Earliest Times
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S. E. Finer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207900.003.0007

This chapter begins with a discussion of the years of anarchy and decay after the last emperor of the Roman Empire in the West had been deposed. It then turns to the two great institutions that regulated, shaped, and permeated the Middle Ages: Christianity and Feudalism. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the structures and processes in the medieval regnum.

Keywords:   Middle Ages, feudalism, Christianity, medieval regnum

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