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The Northern Lands: Germanic Europe, c.1270 - c.1500

ISBN: 978-1-4051-0051-9
424 pages
January 2009, ©2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Northern Lands: Germanic Europe, c.1270-c.1500 explores the unique regional identity that developed in the lands bordering the Baltic and North Seas during Europe's late medieval period.
  • Offers an original thematic overview including government, law, language, family relations, urbanization, and economy
  • Maintains a comparative perspective
  • Includes English translations from key original sources
  • Includes illustrations, maps, and original diagrams to enhance readers understanding
  • Features a unique map of the Low Countries that includes the entire region and marks the frontiers between areas of Romance and Germanic language
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Preface

Acknowledgments

Part I: Of Dynasty, Diplomacy and Rebellion: Kingdoms, Principalities and Federations in the Northern Lands:

1. Late Medieval England

2. The Low Countries: Crossroads of the Northern Lands

3. Denmark, Scandinavia and the German Baltic Coast

4. Crown, Princes and States in Late Medieval Germany

Part II: The Bonds of Community: Statecraft, Sovereignty, Law and Language:

5. The Administration of Sovereignty

6. Law and Justice

7. Language, Group Identity and Proto-National Consciousness

Part III: The Strategies of Lineage:

8. Comparative Elites

9. The Family and Gender Relations in the Northern Lands

Part IV: Urbanization and Trade: The Northern Lands as an Economic Region:

10. Urbanization in the Northern Lands

11. The Commercial Integration of the Northern Lands

Conclusion: Of Integration, Disintegration and Reorientation

Illustration Sources and Credits

Bibliography

Index

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David Nicholas is Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Professor Emeritus of History at Clemson University. He is the author or editor of 15 books and numerous scholarly articles. He has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
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  • Explores the unique regional identity that developed in the lands bordering the Baltic and North Seas during Europe's late medieval period
  • Offers an original thematic overview including government, law, language, family relations, urbanization, and economy
  • Maintains a comparative perspective
  • Includes English translations from key original sources
  • Includes illustrations, maps, and original diagrams to enhance readers understanding
  • Features a unique map of the Low Countries that includes the entire region and marks the frontiers between areas of Romance and Germanic language
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“The Northern Lands is a learned work, and its premises are thought-provoking, but it is not quite the synthesis that readers might expect.”  (English Historical Review, 2012)

"The Northern Lands is an unusual, brave, and challenging work of a sort to be attempted only by a widely read medievalist . . . more generous-minded medievalists, whatever their special interests, will benefit from reading and pondering this bold, interesting, and valuable book." (Speculuma Journal of Medieval Studies, 1 July 2010)

"Nicholas's scholarly range in this work is impressive." (Alpata, Spring 2010)

"The frequent citations to an extensive bibliography make this a valuable reference and resource for collections in English history or other national surveys." (CHOICE, September 2009)

"Well worth reading, and has to be acknowledged as a significant contribution to the writings on northern European history." (The Medieval Review, February 2010)

"This is an important, indeed a highly contemporary book. Moreover, David Nicholas is the only scholar alive who could undertake such a study, since it requires a comprehensive knowledge of the sources and literature of four areas customarily studied separately: Germany, England, the Low Countries and Scandinavia." Stuart Jenks, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

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