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Medieval History

Find Books & Videos in the Library

Barrie Brill, a History instructor at Langara College from 1968 to 2009 has generously donated his extensive collection of several thousand books on early European history, many of them very rare. This amazing donation reflects the working life of a professional historian, and greatly enriches Kwantlen’s library collection.

To explore the riches of the Brill Collection, click on the illuminated "B" above.

Featured Brill Collection title: 

"Fiefs and vassals : the medieval evidence reinterpreted" by Susan Reynolds

"Fiefs and Vassals is a book that will change our view of the medieval world. Offering a fundamental challenge to orthodox conceptions of feudalism, Susan Reynolds argues that the concepts of fiefs and vassalage that have been central to the understanding of medieval society for hundreds of years are in fact based on a misunderstanding of the primary sources." (source: Bowker)

(... and now for something completely different, here's the Monty Python take on the class structure of early Britain ....)

(Python Pictures. Monty Python And the Holy Grail. Burbank, CA :RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video, 1991.)YouTube