Aristocratic Landscape
Spatial Ideology of the Medieval Aristocracy
Lund Studies in Historical Archaeology 2

By Martin Hansson
November 2006
Lund University
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ISBN: 912202154X
223 pages, Illustrated, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2"
$85.00 Paper Original


By examining the landscape of aristocratic residences in Western Europe, drawing from examples from Britain, France, Germany, and Scandinavia c.800-1500, Martin Hansson attempts to discover a common aristocratic spacial ideology. Through this ideology, it becomes possible to map it's changing through time and also to chart it's relationship to overall changes in medieval society. Hansson focuses on six themes in this study: the nobleman as warrior, aristocratic use of history and spatial memory, aristocratic self-isolation, movements to plan and order space, the religious dimension of aristocratic life, and the importance of the individual agent in this period.

List of Figures
Medieval Society - Some Starting Points
Aristocratic Landscapes - Smaland and Norfolk
The Chivalrous Society - A Martial Dimension
The Significance of History
Spatial Distance - Social Distance
Ordering the Landscape
A Religious Dimension
The Individual and the Landscape
The Spatial Ideology of the Aristocracy

Medieval History

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