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By David Kalhous

An research of the early Přemyslid realm presents a chance for spotting the significance of alternative elements concerned about the formation of solid social buildings within the early medieval regnum. The modern narrative emphasizes the significance of violence, the place the Přemyslid princes and their strong retinues imposed princely will on elites and freemen in Bohemia and Moravia. even if, our cognizance additionally turns to the challenging facts of assumed strong cavalry armies and the significance of conversation among prince, elites and church, slightly problematizing the function of violence because the basic instrument of governance.
Furthermore, an research of “otherness” in Saxon chronicles and a comparability of other traditions of St. Wenceslas and nice Moravia make sure the significance of the “Identitätsbildung”-process and “ideology” as stabilising components within the new Přemyslid regnum.

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Recently on the relationship between the arrangement of the grain pits—and the village as a whole—and the social structure, see Vladimír Nekuda, Mstěnice: Zaniklá středověká ves u Hrutovic, vol. 3. Raně středověké sídliště (Brno: Muzejní a vlastivědná společnost; Moravské zemské muzeum, 2001), esp. 122–128, 151. 76 Boháč, “Postup osídlení” presumes that the majority lived in the inner settlement area. ) This would mean that, in the course of one century, the population of Bohemia increased four times.

20, 46), who evoke the agrarii milites of Widukind of Corvey, see n. 110. For the evidence of later times and its analysis, see Marek Barański, “Załogi grodowe w Polsce wczesnopiastowskiej,” in Społeczeństwo Polski średniowiecznej: Zbiór studiów, vol. 6, edited by Stefan K. Kuczyński (Warsaw: Państwowe wydawnictwo naukowe, 1994), 91–99. For 10th and 11th century France see, Bachrach, “Geoffrey Greymantle,” 5–9. S. 9, 231–232. See Walter Schlesinger, “Burgen und Burgbezirke: Beobachtungen im mitteldeutschen Osten,” in Walter Schlesinger, Mitteldeutsche Beiträge zur deutschen Verfassungsgeschichte des Mittelalters (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht), 1961, 158–187, at 165–176.

75, 168: “Quapropter precipimus tibi, ut pleniter cum hominibus tuis bene armatis ac preparatis ad predictum locum venire debas XV. Kal. Iul. ”; On the military duties of the prelates in the Carolingian period, see Friedrich Prinz, Klerus und Krieg im früheren Mittelalter: Untersuchungen zur Rolle der Kirche beim Aufbau der Konigsherrschaft, Monographien zur Geschichte des Mittelalters 2 (Stuttgart: Hiersemann, 1971). On the situation in the 10th and 11th century, see Bachrach, “Angevin Campaign Forces,” 78–84; Marjorie Chibnall, “Military Service in Normady before 1066,” Anglo-Norman Studies 5 (1982): 1–25 points out the numerous stipendiarii, mercenaries, and, in contrast, rarely mentioned vassals; according to her, the retinues of secular barons played more important role than those of abbots and bishops.

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