State and Nobility in Early Modern Germany: The Knightly Feud in Franconia, 1440-1567by Hillay Zmora, Olwen Hufton, John Elliott
Pub. Date: 10/31/2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book offers a new paradigm of the history of the German nobility in the early modern period. It shows that, contrary to the prevailing view, the nobility was not in a period of crisis that facilitated the rise of the state. Rather, the nobility underwent a process of social stratification in the wake of the growth of the state. This process led to the formation of an 'elite of wealthy noble families on whose co-operation the state depended. This alliance, and not a presumed partnership between rulers and bourgeoisie, was the driving force in early modern Germany.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. The problem of the feud; 2. The politics of violence; 3. The Franconian nobility; 4. Prosopography of the feuding noblemen; 5. State, nobility and lordship; 6. The decline of the feud; Appendices.
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