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

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Kingship, Rebellion and Political Culture offers a new take on the political culture of thirteenth-century Europe, based on an exploration of the revolt led by Earl Richard Marshal against King Henry III in England (1233-4) and that led by King Henry VII against Emperor Frederick II in Germany (1234-5). Approaching medieval politics from a comparative perspective, it covers the ideals and norms of political behaviour, the role of violence and the public nature of medieval politics. It draws particular attention ...
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Overview

Kingship, Rebellion and Political Culture offers a new take on the political culture of thirteenth-century Europe, based on an exploration of the revolt led by Earl Richard Marshal against King Henry III in England (1233-4) and that led by King Henry VII against Emperor Frederick II in Germany (1234-5). Approaching medieval politics from a comparative perspective, it covers the ideals and norms of political behaviour, the role of violence and the public nature of medieval politics. It draws particular attention to the relationship between the framework of politics and ideals of secular power and its purposes, and also to the numerous tensions and debates that defined politics in this period. In the process, the book sheds new light on social groups and on the means and mechanisms often overlooked by historians of medieval politics.

About the Author:
Bjorn Weiler is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK

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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: 9780230302365
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Series: Medieval Culture and Society Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.61 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     vi
Abbreviations     viii
Introduction     x
Kingdoms in Turmoil - The Structures and Framework of Revolt
To Be King in Name as well as Deed: the Revolt of Henry (VII) in Germany (1234-5)     3
The Marshal Rebellion in England (1233-4)     11
Rebellion in Context     22
The Ideals and Norms of Politics
Loyalty, Justice and Honour: Henry (VII) and Frederick II     39
Justice, Loyalty and the Absence of Honour: Frederick II and Henry (VII) as Seen by Their Contemporaries     53
Loyalties True and False: Political Values in England     76
The Ways and Means of Politics
Creating a Public     105
Addressing the Public: Rituals, Gestures and Charters     130
Townsmen, Clergy and Knights: the Public in Politics     151
Conclusion     172
Notes     179
Bibliography     215
Index     232
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