State and Nobility in Early Modern Germany: The Knightly Feud in Franconia, 1440-1567

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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.
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"...Zmora does a sound job of proving the linkage between territorial state-building and noble feuding." Choice

"It is an exceptionally intersting story, told if not always with crystalline clarity, told nonetheless with verve and authority." Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521522656
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2003
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations
1 The problem of the feud 1
2 The politics of violence: feuding in late medieval Franconia 16
3 The Franconian nobility 36
4 Prosopography of feuding noblemen 68
5 State, nobility, and lordship: the feud interpreted 87
6 The decline of the feud 122
A note on Appendixes 147
App. A Creditors and guarantors of the margraves of Brandenburg 148
App. B Sample of intermarriages among the noble elite 155
App. C Individual parameters of feuders (Sample-I) 157
App. D Family parameters of feuders (Sample-I) 164
App. E Individual parameters of feuders (Sample-II) 171
App. F Family parameters of feuders (Sample-II) 173
Sources of Information for Appendix A 175
Sources of Information for Appendixes C and D 183
Sources of Information for Appendixes E and F 200
Selected Bibliography 204
Index 229
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