International Medieval Research 16

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Representations of Power in Medieval Germany, 800-1500
Edited by Björn Weiler and Simon MacLean

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 analyze 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 perameters 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 original approaches to these and other questions, illuminating the complex power relationships which determined the changing political history of medieval Germany.

Papers in this volume include:

  • Introduction, by Simon MacLean and Björn Weiler
  • The Perception of 'Power' and 'State' in the Early Middle Ages: The Case of the Astronomer's Life of Louis the Pious, by Hans-Werner Goetz
  • The Idea of Empire in Carolingian Bavaria, by Warren Brown
  • Regina nitens sanctissima Hemma: Queen Emma (827-876) Bishop Witgar of Augsburg, and the Witgar-Belt, by Eric J. Goldberg
  • Ritual, Misunderstanding, and the Contest for Meaning: Representations of the Disrupted Royal Assembly at Frankfurt (873), by Simon MacLean
  • The Representation of Empire: Otto I at Ravenna, by David A. Warner
  • Concepts and Practice of Empire in Ottonian Germany (950 - 1024), by John W. Bernhardt
  • German Historiography and the Twelfth-Century Renaissance, by Sverre Bagge
  • The Creation of the Codex Falkensteinensis (1166): Self-Representation and Reality, by John B. Freed
  • 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, by Jeffrey Ashcroft
  • Reasserting Power: Frederick II in Germany, by Björn Weiler
  • The Role of Frederick II in the Works of Guillaume de Nangis, by Patrizia Mazzadi
  • The Electors and Imperial Rule at the End of the Fifteenth Century, by Henry J. Cohn
  • How One Archbishop of Trier Perambulated his Lands, by Mikhail A. Bojcov