The Origins of Courtliness
Civilizing Trends and the Formation of Courtly Ideals, 939-121University of Pennsylvania Press The Middle Ages Series
Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book
Argues that the origins of courtliness lie in the German courts, their courtier class, and the education for court service in the tenth and eleventh centuries.
"The most original contribution to the ideological history of medieval aristocratic mores that has appeared."—American Historical Journal