© 2000

Nobility, Land and Service in Medieval Hungary


Part of the Studies in Russia and East Europe book series (SREE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Martyn Rady
    Pages 1-10
  3. Martyn Rady
    Pages 11-27
  4. Martyn Rady
    Pages 28-44
  5. Martyn Rady
    Pages 45-61
  6. Martyn Rady
    Pages 62-78
  7. Martyn Rady
    Pages 79-95
  8. Martyn Rady
    Pages 96-109
  9. Martyn Rady
    Pages 110-131
  10. Martyn Rady
    Pages 132-143
  11. Martyn Rady
    Pages 144-157
  12. Martyn Rady
    Pages 158-178
  13. Martyn Rady
    Pages 179-182
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 183-231

About this book


The absence in medieval Hungary of fief-holding and vassalage has often been cited by historians as evidence of Hungary's early 'deviation' from European norms. This new book argues that medieval Hungary was, nevertheless, familiar with many institutions characteristic of noble society in Europe. Contents include the origins of the Hungarian nobility and baronage, lordship and clientage, the role of the noble kindred, conditional landholding, the organization of the frontier, the administration of the counties, and the establishment of representative institutions.


Europe Hungary society

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Slavonic and East European StudiesUniversity College LondonUK

About the authors

MARTYN RADY is Senior Lecturer in Central European History at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, and General Editor of the Slavonic and East European Review. His previous books include Medieval Buda (1985), Emperor Charles V (1988) and Romania in Turmoil: A Contemporary History (1992).

Bibliographic information


...this first reliable and scholarly English-language synthesis of Hungary's medieval institutions...will undoubtably become the standard Western work on this topic. Slavic Review