From Library Journal
An important and prolific French medievalist advances the revisionist thesis that the French state and nation were effectively formed by the early 1200s and not, as many scholars assert, a century later. Duby focuses his book on the period of his own specialized research and closely examines key contemporary sources to show how monarchs of the Capetian house, and notably the 12th-century rulers culminating in Philip II Augustus(1180-1223), used ideas of lordship and kingship to achieve power over their realm. The final two medieval centuries Duby covers more thinly. This smooth English translation is recommended to both college and public libraries.- Richard C. Hoffmann, York Univ., North York, Ontario
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"Superb ... a great historian offers a fresh interpretation of one of the formative periods of French history." L'Histoire
"Superb ... a pleasure to read ... an invaluable work of history and reference" La Voix du Nord
"Duby has already changed our conception of medieval Europe. Extensively illustrated, with clear and helpful genealogical tables, this is a boldly written book, impeccably translated by Juliet Vale, that will stimulate discussion among specialists and non=specialists alike." The Jerusalem Post