The Rusted Hauberk: Feudal Ideals of Order and Their Decline


The metaphor of the hauberk, a tunic of chain mail that rusts over time, shapes and unifies this investigation of medieval culture. These essays question the very rubric of the feudal ideal, demonstrating that in historical and legal practice, and in imaginative and didactic writing, a breach often exists between ideal and practice. The authors challenge the notion of a fixed historical construct, emphasizing instead that all constructs must be elastic to allow historical perspectives to enlarge.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Daniel F. Pigg
  • Jean E. Jost
  • Liam O. Purdon
  • Julian N. Wasserman
  • Cynthia Ho
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Gainesville, FL
Publication year:
  • 1994


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