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Monarchic/Aristocratic Forms of Organization
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"Feudalism" is a modern term that can be used in different ways. It goes back to Medieval Latin feudum, which, in the High Middle Ages, acquired the meaning of "fief" in the sense of a land grant to a vassal. The root of the German word Lehnswese…

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Werner Rösener, “Monarchic/Aristocratic Forms of Organization”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages. Consulted online on 22 May 2019 <>
First published online: 2016

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