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The authors of Cultures of energy proffer assorted views at the prehistory of presidency in Northern France, Spain, Germany, the Low international locations, and England. Political, social, ecclesiastical, and cultural heritage are delivered to undergo on subject matters resembling aristocracies, ladies, rituals, commemoration, and manifestations of strength via literary, felony, and scriptural capability.

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66. In a charter dated to ca. II55 (Bournazel, p. 6o), the bishop of Paris allowed Guy of Tournan to mortgage his castle to lord Guy of Garlande (the closest male heir) for 64-0 1. cash, redeemable in two years (BN, MS latin 54-4-I, vol. I, pp. 62-63). Guy of Garlande's sons Anselm I and Pagan (who died before n66) witnessed. The loan might have been a disguised sale. 67. William of Tyre twice mentions Guy I of Possesse in the company of a Garlande, as if they were fast companions, on the First Crusade; see above n.

Before releasing him. 104 This story is often taken to illustrate a lord's absolute right to dispose of a "serf," but is nothing of the sort. Rather it is an amusing anecdote of the comeuppance of an administrative officer whose impertinence cost him a ransom. As the count's chamberlain (camerarius) for over forty years, Artaud regularly witnessed comital acts and was richly rewarded for his services. Although Joinville calls him a townsman (bm;gois), Artaud was actually a knight who owed castle guard for several fiefs he held from the count.

It was Simon who used ecclesiastical sanctions to pursue his brother-in-law's assassins in n27. The treasurer of Noyon, from ca. 1130, was Ralph of Nesle's youngest brother Thierry (see Newman, Les seigneurs de Nesle, I:63, no. I7). Although the exact relationship between the houses ofVermandois and the Nesle is not clear, the fact that they shared the name Ralph suggests a familial tie (perhaps in a distant cadet lineage) as well as a feudal one. 75. Hans-Eberhard Mayer, "Angevins versus Normans: the New Men of King Fulk of Jerusalem," Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society IH (I989), I-I5, and "The Wh~el of Fortune: Seignorial Vicissitudes Under King Fulk and Baldwin III of Jerusalem," Speculum 65 (I99o), 86o-n.

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