A thoughtful and closely argued study. (...) This is a study which should provoke considerable discussion. HISTORYIn this stimulating, clearly written book, Richard Barton uses evidence from Maine and the bordering counties of Anjou, Blois, and Normandy to explore the character of aristocratic lordship in the tenth and eleventh centuries. MEDIEVAL REVIEWA stimulating work, which deserves to be read widely. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEWThis is an important book. Its analysis is firmly based on a close analysis of the primary sources, well contextualised within the secondary literature, and Barton's arguments are stated clearly and forcefully. AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW
About the Author
RICHARD E. BARTON is assistant Professor of History, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.