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

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

by B. Weiler
     
 

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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

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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 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

'Tremendously useful for anyone interested in thinking about how historians have conceptualized the political structures of the medieval period.' - Jonathan R. Lyon, German History

'Björn Weiler continues to lead the way in comparative studies of medieval European politics, especially in the area of the role of practical symbolism in monarchical government...a thoroughly absorbing and stimulating book full of important insights and scholarly discussion.' - Sean McGlynn, History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230302365
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date:
10/11/2011
Series:
Medieval Culture and Society Series
Edition description:
2007
Pages:
235
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.02(d)

Meet the Author

BJÖRN WEILER is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK. Previous publications include England and Europe in the Reign of Henry iii (1216-1272), edited with Ifor Rowlands; Representations of Power in Medieval Germany, edited with Simon MacLean; and King Henry iii of England and the Staufen Empire, 1216-1272.

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