The Transformation of Kinship and the Family in Late Anglo-Saxon England

Posted by admin on Sep 20, 2011

The development of the family into a small unit in which descent was traced almost exclusively through the male line is regarded as a major turning point in medieval European history.

The early stages of the formation of agnatic kinship have usually been connected to strategies designed to preserve and retain control of patrimonies and castles, arising from the breakdown of public order.

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