Robert F. Berkhofer III's Day of Reckoning: Power and Accountability in Medieval PDF

By Robert F. Berkhofer III

Day of Reckoning: energy and responsibility in Medieval France applies contemporary ways to literacy, criminal experiences, reminiscence, ritual, and the manorial economic climate to reexamine the transformation of medieval strength. Highlighting the connection of data and tool, it attracts at the wealthy documentary resources of 5 of the biggest Benedictine monasteries in northern France and Flanders, with comparisons to others, over a interval of approximately 4 centuries.

The booklet opens up new views on vital difficulties of strength, specifically the assumption and perform of responsibility. In a violent society, medieval lords attempted to delegate energy instead of proportion it—to get their males to prosecute justice or increase cash legitimately, instead of via extortion and pillage. Robert F. Berkhofer III explains how subordinates have been held dependable by means of abbots administering the wide holdings of Saint-Bertin, Saint-Denis, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Saint-Père-de-Chartres, and Saint-Vaast-d'Arras. because the abbots started to self-discipline their brokers and display screen their behavior, the "day of reckoning" took on new that means, as favourite assembly days have been used to carry brokers liable. via 1200, written and unwritten innovations of rule constructed within the monasteries had moved into the secular global; in those practices lay the origins of management, bureaucratic energy, and governance, all hallmarks of the trendy state.

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