The Politics of Land Inheritance as Represented in Raoul of Cambrai

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2010-12-15T02:23:37Z

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Imrie, Laura

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The twelfth century chanson de geste, Raoul of Cambrai, serves as a political commentary on land inheritance, depicting the lack of leadership and legal protection present at this time in France. This poem represented the many issues that surrounded the complex matter of land ownership including conflicting land inheritance methods, the ill-defined limits of royal power in regards to marriage and the nature of ecclesiastical land tenure. Drawing from primary source passages this paper will work to show that the author of Raoul of Cambrai was seeking to convey the issues pertaining to land inheritance and ownership that existed within his own society in the chanson de geste that he created.

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Land Inheritance, Raoul of Cambrai, France, Twelfth century

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