Kingship, Rebellion and Political Culture: England and Germany, c.1215 - c.1250

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This book examines the rituals, ceremonies, gestures and actions of kings in the period 1100-1250. Whereas modern English Kingship is commonly seen as "bureaucratic," kingship during the Twelfth Century was a sacral, ritualistic phenomenon. Although focusing predominantly on English political culture, the author also explores the wider European arena to compare their contemporary political cultures and by doing so offer a new conceptual approach to the study of political society in Norman and Angevin England.

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"Weiler has...written a highly original and very readable book, one which is as important for the questions it asks as for the precise answers given to them. For that reason alone it has a significance beyond the period in which it is set. In terms of engaging with Weiler's ideas and the detailed evidence on which they are based, some readers will doubtless find themselves handicapped by being unable to match his command of the German background and its sources; in itself a reason why the book is so valuable." — D.A. Carpenter, English Historical Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403911674
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/27/2007
  • Series: Medieval Culture and Society Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

BJORN WEILER is Senior Lecturer in History, University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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Table of Contents

• Kingdoms in turmoil: the Marshal uprising and the revolt of Henry (VII)
• Rebellion in context: the role of political violence in the thirteenth century
• The view from above: Frederick II and Henry (VII)
• The view from below: the subjects' response
• Counsel, patronage and faithful service:
• Political norms in thirteenth-century England
• Politics and the public
• Means of communication: written, oral, and other.
• Arbitration, patronage, and war: the tools of politics
• Conclusion

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