Land and Lordship: Structures of Governance in Medieval Austria

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Jul 28, 2015 - History - 498 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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Translators Introduction
Authors Preface to the Fourth Revised Edition 1959
Chapter I Peace and Feud
Chapter II State Law and Constitution
Chapter III The Land and Its Law
Chapter IV House Household and Lordship
Chapter V Lordship over the Land The LandCommunity

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Howard Kaminsky was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 24, 1940. He attended Brooklyn College and the University of California, Berkeley. During his career in publishing, he worked at Warner Books, Random House, and Hearst. In 1979, he began writing novels with his wife Susan Kaminsky. Talent and The Twelve were written under their own names. The Glow and The Seventh Child were written under the pseudonym Brooks Stanwood and The Storyteller was written under the pseudonym Arthur Reid. His solo work, Angel Wings, was published in 2013. He died of a heart attack on August 26, 2017 at the age of 77.

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