By Laura Napran
The significance of the overdue twelfth-century Chronicle of Hainaut as a chief resource can't be overvalued. it's relatively precious as a ancient list simply because Gilbert of Mons used to be an eye-witness to big occasions affecting count number Baldwin V of Hainaut. He additionally supplied a lot major information regarding folks and affairs inside of France and the Empire, really count number Philip of Flanders, King Philip Augustus and Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. He had a prepared curiosity in noble marriages, making his chronicle an unequalled resource for genealogical and prosopographical fabric for this area. His paintings is a mine of data on an excellent many topics, reminiscent of the crusades, political occasions, noble girls, the lives of saints, lord-tenant relationships, primary practices and the organization of church buildings with lay advocates. Chronicon Hanoniense is very informative relating army concerns, giving targeted bills of sieges, campaigns and tournaments. the interpretation is in readable sleek English, whereas keeping the flavor of a twelfth-century composition. Annotations make clear the textual content, selecting humans, occasions and ideas, together with updated bibliography for either basic and secondary assets. Chronicon Hanoniense may be worthy to students in any respect degrees in lots of fields, and will be used as a educating instrument for medieval heritage.
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Ayton (London/New York, 2001), pp. 13–14; K. Leyser, ‘The Battle of Lech, 955. A Study in Tenth-Century Warfare’, History 50 (1965), pp. 5, 8, 11; M. Molnár, A Concise History of Hungary, trans. A. Magyar (Cambridge, 2001), pp. 16–18. For Baldwin’s VI’s rebuilding of Hasnon, see Catalogus abbatum S. Amandi Elnonensis uberior, ed. O. Holder-Egger, MGH SS XIII (Hanover, 1881), p. 387. The large property of Montignies lez-Lens (part of ancient Brabant, now in province of Hainaut) was a very generous donation, see M.
542–80; XVIII, pp. 363–430. Gilbert of Mons, Gisleberti Balduini V Hanoniae comitis cancellarii Chronica Hanoniae (1040–1195)/ Chronique de Hainaut rédigée par Gilbert chancelier du comte de Hainaut Bauduin V (1040–1195), ed. Marquis de Godefroy Ménilglaise, trans. D. C. Gothofridus, Mémoires de la Société historique et littéraire de Tournai 14–15 (1874), on even-numbered pages. J. Gesler and J. F. Niermeyer, ‘Uit de Kroniek van Gislebertus van Bergen (einde 12e eeuw)’, Florilegium Chronicorum Neerlandicorum.
34 Gilbert provides specific details of the accepted relationships between the counts of Hainaut and their tenants, both in general practice and in specific cases. 35 It is relevant to note that Gilbert clearly differentiates between two types of property, using the word feoda for ‘fiefs’ and the word allodia for ‘allods’. Gilbert’s attention to these matters emphasises the importance of the arrangements to the people concerned, the need for reciprocal benefits for both lord and tenants, and the difficulties faced by certain nobles who held obligations to more than one great lord.