Princes and Territories in Medieval Germany

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This book aims to provide a comprehensive answer to the most important question in pre-modern German political history: why did a multiplicity of states and territories emerge by the end of the Middle Ages instead of an incipient 'nation state' under the crown? This book shows clearly why responsibility for this cannot be laid upon the supposed failures of German kingship, which actually encouraged through its own legislation the expansions and reform of princely jurisdiction and governing authority in the crucial twelfth and thirteenth centuries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521390859
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/26/1991
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction; Part I. Crown and Prince: 1. German regal institutions and the princely order in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries; 2. The crown, its rights, and the princes; 3. Was there a 'rise of territorial lordship'?; Part II. Princely Title and Office: 4. The imperial house; German bishops and abbots; 5. Dukes and duchies; 6. Counts and the transformation of countries; 7. Margraves, counts-palatine, burgraves, and landgraves; Part III. Dynasties, Prelates, and Territorial Dominion: 8. From consanguinity to dynasty?; 9. Material foundations: colonization, forest, towns, and communications; 10. The reform of regional jurisdictions in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries; 11. The anatomy and nomenclature of princely dominion, 1150–1330; 12. Feuds, inheritance, and partition; 13. Region and territory: effects and outcome; Conclusion; Index.

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