Land and Lordship: Structures of Governance in Medieval Austria

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Apr 29, 1992 - History - 425 pages

Otto Brunner contends that prevailing notions of medieval social and constitutional history had been shaped by the nineteenth-century nation state and its "liberal" order. Whereas a sharp distinction between the public and the private might be appropriate to descriptions of contemporary society, such a dichotomy could not be projected back onto the Middle Ages. Focusing particularly on forms of lordship in late medieval Austria, Brunner found neither a "state" in the modern sense nor any distinction between the public and private spheres.

Behind the apparent disorder of late medieval political life, however, Brunner discovered a coherent legal and constitutional order rooted in the the rights and obligations of noble lordship. In carefully reconstructing this order, Brunner's study weaves together social, legal, constitutional, and intellectual history.

 

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Contents

List of Abbreviations
xiii
Authors Preface to the Fourth Revised Edition 1959
lxiii
Feud State and the Law Contemporary judgments of the feud
90
The Controversy over the German Medieval State The dis
95
Constitutional History as the History of Constitutional Law The
102
Our Task The demand for a conceptual vocabulary in accord
137
The Nature of the Land Länder and lordships The Land as the
160
House Household and Lordship
200
Town Lordship Lordship over Burgher Communities Town
287
The 324
324
Lords
341
Summary
363
Bibliography
369
Index 4I3
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