Peter H. Wilson, University of Hull
"In his well investigated and broadly conceived study, Len Scales identifies a burgeoning sense of German identity in those lands directly north of the Alps between the deposition of the Hohenstaufen emperor Frederick II in 1245 and the beginning of the Church Council of Constance in 1414. He draws on a wide range of historical, and to some extent also literary and didactic texts, and certainly confirms the development of an ever growing discourse on Germanness during the late Middle Ages."
Albrecht Classen, University of Arizona
"This eagerly awaited and richly learned book explores the delicate question of German national identity in the later middle ages. With subtlety and clarity, Len Scales shows how the curiosities of Germany's imperial monarchy were no obstacle to the cultivation of national consciousness in this complex and under-studied period; his textured portrayal of German political culture will benefit not only scholars of medieval history but anyone interested in questions of nationhood."
John Watts, University of Oxford
"This is a very important book. It is obviously essential reading for anyone with an interest in medieval Germany, but it is equally crucial for those studying medieval political history or identity formation more generally, and will in fact provide many insights for periods beyond its own as well."
Dr Shami Ghosh, Reviews in History
"Scales' book is an exhaustive examination of the rich and varied literature, historical and political writing, and philosophy produced in pre-humanist Germany, a cultural achievement that is still underappreciated by most persons trained in the Anglo-French tradition … this meticulously researched and highly original study should be read by all scholars of late medieval nationality and statecraft."
D. Nicholas, Mediaevistik