Representations of Power in Medieval Germany: 800-1500

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This book brings together a group of leading experts on the political history of Germany and the medieval empire from the Carolingian period to the end of the Middle Ages. Its purpose is to introduce and analyse key concepts in the study of medieval political culture. The representation of power by means of texts, buildings and images is a theme which has long interested historians. However, recent debates and methodological insights have fundamentally altered the way this subject is perceived, opening it up to ...

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Overview

This book brings together a group of leading experts on the political history of Germany and the medieval empire from the Carolingian period to the end of the Middle Ages. Its purpose is to introduce and analyse key concepts in the study of medieval political culture. The representation of power by means of texts, buildings and images is a theme which has long interested historians. However, recent debates and methodological insights have fundamentally altered the way this subject is perceived, opening it up to perspectives unnoticed by its pioneers in the middle of the twentieth century. By taking account of these debates and insights, this volume explores a series of fundamental questions. How was power defined in a medieval context? How was it claimed, legitimized and disputed? What were the moral parameters against which its exercise was judged? How did different spheres of political power interact? What roles were played by texts, images and rituals in the maintenance of, and challenges to, the political order? The contributors bring varied and original approaches to these and other questions, illuminating the complex power relationships which determined the changing political history of medieval Germany.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9782503518152
  • Publisher: Brepols Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Series: International Medieval Research Series , #16
  • Pages: 362
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents


Preface     ix
List of Contributors     xi
List of Illustrations     xiii
List of Abbreviations     xiv
Introduction   Simon Maclean   Bjorn Weiler     1
The Perception of 'Power' and 'State' in the Early Middle Ages: The Case of the Astronomer's 'Life of Louis the Pious'   Hans-Werner Goetz     15
The Idea of Empire in Carolingian Bavaria   Warren Brown     37
Regina nitens sanctissima Hemma: Queen Emma (827-876), Bishop Witgar of Augsburg, and the Witgar-Belt   Eric J. Goldberg     57
Ritual, Misunderstanding, and the Contest for Meaning: Representations of the Disrupted Royal Assembly at Frankfurt (873)   Simon Maclean     97
The Representation of Empire: Otto I at Ravenna   David A. Warner     121
Concepts and Practice of Empire in Ottonian Germany (950-1024)   John W. Bernhardt     141
German Historiography and the Twelfth-Century Renaissance   Sverre Bagge     165
The Creation of the Codex Falkensteinensis (1166): Self-Representation and Reality   John B. Freed     189
The Power of Love: Representations of Kingship in the Love-Songs of Henry VI and Frederick II, and in the Manesse Codex and the Liber ad honorem Augusti of Peter of Eboli   Jeffrey Ashcroft     211
Reasserting Power: Frederick II in Germany (1235-1236)   Bjorn Weiler     241
The Role of Frederick II in the Works of Guillaume de Nangis   Chris Jones     273
The Electors and Imperial Rule at the End of the Fifteenth Century   Henry J. Cohn     295
How One Archbishop of Trier Perambulated his Lands   Mikhail A. Bojcov     319
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