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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY
LICEAT. Y CF THE
apt, 10, 1964
(Reprinted from Stereotype plates.]
Object of the course-Elements of national waity—They exist and begin to
be developed in France towards the end of the 10th century—Thence dates French civilization—The feudal period will be the subject of this course-It includes the Jlth, 12th, and 13th centuries, from Hugh Capet to Philippe de Valois-Proof that these are the limits prie feudal period—Plan of the course : History; 1st, of society; and, of the human mind during the feudal period—The history of society resolvus itsel! into, lst, history of eivil society; 2nd, history of religious society-The history of the human mind resolves itself into, lst, history of learned literature ; 2nd, history of national literature in the vulgar tongue-Importance of the middle ages in the history of French civilization, The present state of opinions concerning the middle ages—Is it true that there is danger in historical impartiality and poetical sympathy for this period ?-Utility of this study
Necessity for studying the progressive formation of the feudal system-It is
often forgotten that social facts form themselves but slowly, and in forming themselves, undergo many vicissitudes-Analysis of the feudai system in its essential elements. They are three in number: 1. The nature of territorial property; 2. Amalgamation of sovereignty and property; 3. Hierarchical organizatioa of the feudal association-State of territorial property from the 5th to the 10th century-Origir qui' meaniug of the word feudum-.It is synonymous with beneficrun--History of benefices, from 1 oth to the 10th century-Examination of the system of Montesquieu concerning the legal gradation of the duration of beneficesCauses of the increase of the number of benefices Almost all landed property became feudal.
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