Susan Reynolds is a British medieval historian whose 1994 book Fiefs and Vassals: the Medieval Evidence Reinterpreted was part of the attack on the concept of feudalism as classically portrayed by previous historians such as François-Louis Ganshof and Marc Bloch.
She believes that the technical terms used in documents prior to around 1100 do not necessarily hold the meanings hitherto ascribed to them; and that clerks of later periods tended to read into earlier documents meanings and relationships current in their own day. In her view, direct ownership of land was more prevalent in the early Middle Ages than has been thought, and the decline of central authority has been exaggerated.
- Kingdoms and Communities in Western Europe 900-1300, Oxford, 1997.
- Ideas and Solidarities of the Medieval Laity : England and Western Europe, 1995.
- Fiefs and Vassals. The Medieval Evidence Reinterpreted, 1994.
- Introduction to the History of English Medieval Towns, 1977.
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