The Image of Aristocracy: In Britain 1000-1300 by David Crouch

By David Crouch

David Crouch offers a extensive definition of aristorcracy through interpreting the methods aristocrats behaved and lived among one thousand and 1300. He analyses way of life, classification and plush dwelling in these years. a particular function of the publication is that it takes a British, instead of Anglocentric, view - taking a look at the penetration of Welsh and Scottish society via Anglo-French rules of aristocracy.

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There are indications of solidarity amongst knights in the eleventh century, but the questions of general awareness of the knight in society and self-consciousness amongst knights leads us into realms of vagueness and nebulosity which are often frankly impenetrable (see Chapter 4). As we have seen with the writings of Andrew the Chaplain, there was in the twelfth century a clear consciousness of the bourgeois as an inelegant and ill-formed person, who did not share the aspirations of the aristocrat, despite the claims of wealth.

Part I HEREDITARY TITLES AND SOCIAL DIGNITIES 1 THE EARL AND THE COUNT Aristocracies are particularly fond of titles. Where the possession of political and economic power is hereditary, hereditary titles advertise the ascendancy of one class over the others in a most satisfactory way, and neatly define social divisions. In this and the next chapter I will chart the slow elaboration of the use of titles over several centuries in the societies of England and its neighbours as a means of identifying its aristocracy to itself (and to us).

83 The separation of burgesses from other free men, after the knights, is a significant one, for it implies status of a sort attaching to their economic weight. A century and more later, the poet who compiled the historical romance called The Song of Dermot and the Earl has King Diarmait of Leinster writing generally to the March of Wales, asking for assistance. 84 These divisions should not be taken as hard and fast; they represent but one man’s view, and a poet at that. The meaning of certain of the terms he uses is disputable.

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