Power and Border Lordship in Medieval France: The County of the Perche, 1000-1226

Power and Border Lordship in Medieval France: The County of the Perche, 1000-1226

by Kathleen Thompson


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This is the first modern account of the emergence of the northern French county of the Perche, and the rise of a relatively minor noble family from obscure origins to princely power. The Rotrou family ruled the Perche from aroundthe year 1000 until 1226. They took part in many of the most famous military engagements of the middle ages, from the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 to the recovery of territory from the Muslims in twelfth-century Spain. Theirinvolvement in crusading initiatives was told in the popular poetry of the day, and they came to number the kings of France, England, Aragon and Sicily, as well as the Holy Roman Emperor, among their kinsmen.
This narrativeexplains the family's transformation and consolidation of its position in the context of a vibrant and expanding society in the years after 1000, looking at their territorial ambitions, construction of a feudal clientele and operation of lordship through female family.

Dr KATHLEEN THOMPSON is Honorary Research Fellow, University of Sheffield.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843838340
Publisher: Boydell UK
Publication date: 10/17/2013
Series: Royal Historical Society Studies in History New Series , #24
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dr Kathleen Thompson is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield.

Table of Contents

The Perche and its counts
The Perche in the making, 1000-1100
Rotrou the Great (1099-1144)
Rotrou the Less (1144-1191)
Geoffrey III (1191-1202)
The Perche in the kingdom of France, 1202-1226
The Rotrou counts and England, 1100-1226

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