The Medieval Foundations of England - G. O. (George Osborne) SaylesLondon: Methuen & Co., 1948, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with heavy age-toning to the spine. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pages gently tanned with scattered spotting throughout. Previous owners' name to the first blank.
From the cover: “This book has been written for the express purpose of bridging the gap between the monograph and the ordinary text-book. Though it is set in a chronological framework, the stress is laid not upon the statement of facts so much as upon their interpretation: it is essentially a history of ideas in action.
The fundamental problems of medieval life in England have been discussed on the level of the most recent research: among them may be noted the agricultural foundation of England; the impact of the Anglo-Saxon and the Scandinavian civilizations; the feudalization of society; the interpenetration of Anglo-Saxon and Norman civilizations; the ‘New Monarchy’ of Henry II; the intellectual renaissance of the twelfth century; the strivings towards constitutional opposition; the development of parliament. Great care has been taken to place the evolution of the English way of life against the continental background, without which it is largely devoid of meaning. Three chapters are given to a critical examination of the historical sources of information. Every chapter ends with a reading-list, which includes in the main recent publications only and indicates precisely what is considered to be the most valuable part of each book mentioned.”
Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 480 pages.