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Robert the Burgundian and the Counts of Anjou, Ca. 1025-1098

by W. Scott Jessee

  • ISBN: 9780813209739
  • ISBN10: 0813209730

Robert the Burgundian and the Counts of Anjou, Ca. 1025-1098

by W. Scott Jessee

  • List Price: $59.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Catholic Univ of Amer Pr
  • Publish date: 10/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780813209739
  • ISBN10: 0813209730
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Description: This book examines the history of a prominent castle lord of eleventh-century Anjou, a man who has been referred to in numerous works but has never been carefully studied. Robert the Burgundian was an Angevin knight whom the counts of Anjou allowed to amass enormous power on the northwestern march of Anjou. Until he departed for the First Crusade in 1098 Robert was the central figure in Count Fulk Rechin's court. In contrast with many studies of the period, this work finds that Robert spent a long career as a major supporter of the counts of Anjou, rather than as someone undermining their authority. The author calls into question what is known about "feudal anarchy" in the eleventh century and finds that Robert and his descendants were indeed loyal to the count and were able to maintain Angevin power.

Remarkably, records of more than one hundred legal acts involving Robert, some based on his actual words, survive today. They reveal a richly textured life, establishing family connections, political alliances, and relations with the Church as Robert struggled to maintain his lands and position through invasion, civil war, and episcopal interdict. Of special interest is Robert's participation in the First Crusade after a personal visit by Pope Urban II, and his interaction with the counts and the effect this had on the development of the Angevin state.

The book will be of interest to students of French history and politics, medieval studies, and military history.

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