Otto III / Edition 1

Otto III / Edition 1

by Gerd Althoff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0271024011

ISBN-13: 9780271024011

Pub. Date: 07/01/2004

Publisher: Penn State University Press

Otto III (980–1002) was one of the most powerful rulers in Europe in the late tenth century. He is also one of the most enigmatic. The son of the German emperor Otto II and the Greek princess Theophanu, he came to the throne at the age of three and was only twenty-one years old at the time of his death. Nonetheless, his reign had a lasting impact on both

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Overview

Otto III (980–1002) was one of the most powerful rulers in Europe in the late tenth century. He is also one of the most enigmatic. The son of the German emperor Otto II and the Greek princess Theophanu, he came to the throne at the age of three and was only twenty-one years old at the time of his death. Nonetheless, his reign had a lasting impact on both Germany and Italy for generations. In this book, Gerd Althoff provides a much-needed biography of this fascinating figure. In the process, he uses Otto’s life to explain how in practice early medieval kingship worked.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271024011
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
07/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Translator’s Note

Preface to the German Edition

Preface to the English Edition

Introduction

The Modern Assessment of Otto III

Royal Rule and the Idea of the State at the End of the Tenth Century

Central Questions and the Problem of Sources

1. A Child on the Throne

Henry the Quarrelsome and the Disturbances over the Succession

The Regency of the Empresses

2. The Beginning of Independent Rule

The First Independent Decisions

The First Italian Expedition

The Encounters with Gerbert and Adalbert

3. The "Revenge Expedition" to Rome and the Beginning of the "Roman Renewal"

The Fight Against Crescentius and the Antipope

Otto III’s "Idea of Roman Renewal" in Older and Newer Scholarship

4. The Journey to Gniezno

Preconceptions and Preparations

The Journey

From Gniezno to Aachen

5. The Last Expedition to Rome

"Government Business" on the Way

The Gandersheim Conflict

The "Ingratitude" of the Romans

The Death of Otto III

6. Building Blocks for an Assessment of Otto III: Observations, Insights, Open Questions

Demonstrative Ritual Behaviors

"Friends" of Otto III and His Interaction with Them

Dealing with the Heritage

Abbreviations

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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