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Germany in the High Middle Ages, c. 1050-1200 : Cambridge Medieval Textbooks - Horst Fuhrmann

Germany in the High Middle Ages, c. 1050-1200

Cambridge Medieval Textbooks

By: Horst Fuhrmann, Timothy Reuter (Translator)

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Published: 8th December 1986
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Germany in the High Middle Ages opens with a wide-ranging and yet detailed description of the conditions under which men lived and their attitudes of mind during the period 1050-1200: against this background it proceeds to analyse the fundamental political, social, economic and cultural changes of the period in central Europe. Professor Fuhrmann considers the social transformation brought about by the emergence of new classes such as ministeriales and burghers, and examines the intellectual renewal reflected in the rise of scholasticism and the foundation of the universities. He also describes the gradual erosion of the power of the German rulers, which led to the Empire losing its position as the leading power in Europe, and yet was accompanied, by a last flowering under the Staufen emperors amid the chivalric culture with which they were closely associated. Throughout the book these changes are contrasted with contemporary developments elsewhere in Europe, especially in France, England and Italy.

'Horst Fuhrmann gives us 150 stormy years in 180 pages. his narrative is economical and lucid, though he opens with a relatively leisurely chapter on space, time and man in the Middle Ages. This masterly survey of 'medical anthropology', with its evocation of the harsh environment and alien thought-world of the period, is followed by a deft sketch of the transformation of Western Europe into something recognizably 'modern' by the year 1200.' The Times Literary Supplement 'This concise, vigorous, well-translated delineation of a short span, only a century and a half, of germany's medieval experience has the great merit of setting the events within the European context. The author succeeds in showing that Germany was not behind hand in the economic, cultural and religious advances usually attributed to french and italian society as pioneers in that age ... The book is published in hardcover and paperback, and will establish itself, by its great verve and readability, as the standard short sccount in English for some years.' History

German History in the High Middle Ages--Concepts, Explanations, Factsp. 1
The three 'essentials' of history--space, time, and manp. 1
The medieval view of space, time, and manp. 2
Space, time, man: facts and findingsp. 6
Germany in the Europe of the high Middle Agesp. 16
Middle Ages and 'high Middle Ages'--Europe and the 'West'p. 16
Germany, the Germans and their neighboursp. 19
The economy of the Empirep. 23
The period from 1050 to 1200 as a turning-point in European and German historyp. 27
'Progress and Promise': The German Empire in the Mid Eleventh Centuryp. 31
Social stratification and the structure of government in the Ottonian and Salian periodp. 31
Rex et sacerdos--the priestly kingship of Henry III (1039-56)p. 38
Strengths and weaknesses of Salian kingshipp. 40
Henry III as Roman patricius and the German popesp. 43
The beginnings and aims of church reformp. 46
The distance from the rest of Europe: France, England, and the Northp. 49
From Christus Domini to Antichrist: The King of Germany and the Investiture Contestp. 51
The reign of Henry IV and its consequencesp. 52
The papacy and the regency governmentp. 52
Canossa: the turning-pointp. 58
The Libelli de lite and the beginnings of scholastic thoughtp. 69
The expansion of the West and the First Crusadep. 73
The town as an institution and a way of lifep. 77
The rise of the secular state and the priestly churchp. 81
The Investiture Contest in France and Englandp. 81
The beginnings of Henry V's reignp. 84
The road to the Concordat of Worms (1122)p. 87
Political Reorientation and Emergent Diversity: From Salian Imperial Church System to Staufer Kingshipp. 96
The results of the Investiture Contestp. 97
The kingdom of Germanyp. 97
The rest of Europep. 102
'The love of learning and the desire for God': church and spirituality in the age of Bernard of Clairvauxp. 109
Lother III: kingship without a futurep. 116
Lothar as a 'legal antiking'p. 117
Lother III and the position on the eastern frontierp. 122
Conrad III: kingship without imperial gloryp. 125
Conrad's election and the Welf oppositionp. 125
European alliances and the Second Crusadep. 128
The Centre-Point of the German Middle Ages: Frederick Barbarossa and His Agep. 135
The election of Frederick I and the new policy of balancep. 137
Frederick and the Empire before the Alexandrine schismp. 142
The revival of imperial rule in imperial Italy and the breach with the Curiap. 142
Frederick's German policyp. 149
The Staufer idea of empirep. 153
Empire and papacy in the struggle for supremacyp. 157
Papal schism and diplomacy to the death of Alexander III (1181)p. 157
Staufer government in Germanyp. 162
New forms of governmentp. 167
The fall of Henry the Lion and the so-called 'new estate of imperial princes'p. 168
Kingship and feudalism in France and Englandp. 171
International alliances and the Third Crusadep. 173
The chivalric ethos of the Staufer periodp. 177
Henry VI and the shift in the Empire's centre of gravityp. 180
The German kingdom and the Sicilian inheritancep. 180
Plans and beginningsp. 183
Bibliographyp. 187
Indexp. 196
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ISBN: 9780521319805
ISBN-10: 0521319803
Series: Cambridge Medieval Textbooks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 8th December 1986
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.25