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Itinerant Kingship and Royal Monasteries in Early Medieval Germany, c.936-1075 : Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought. Fourth Series - John W. Bernhardt

Itinerant Kingship and Royal Monasteries in Early Medieval Germany, c.936-1075

Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought. Fourth Series

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Published: 29th October 1993
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In examining the relationship between the royal monasteries in tenth- and eleventh-century Germany and the German monarchs, this book assimilates a great deal of European scholarship on a central problem - that of the realities and structures of power. It focuses on the practical aspects of governing without a capital and while constantly in motion, and on the payments and services which monasteries provided to the king and which in turn supported the king's travel economically and politically. Royal-monastic relations are investigated in the context of the 'itinerant kingship' of the period to determine how this relationship functioned in practice. It emerges that German rulers did in fact make much greater use of their royal monasteries than has hitherto been recognised.

"...for anyone interested in medieval life and thought, his [Bernhardt's] book is indispensable." The Catholic Historical Review "The series in which John Bernhardt's book appears has provided us with some of the best monographs on the Middle Ages that have been written in English in recent years. His work, enriched by genealogical tables and maps, is a worthy addition to the series." Patricia DeLeeuw, Church History "He [Bernhardt] carefully qualifies the strength of his evidence, clearly saying when his argument is certain, what is difficult to estimate, and where it is impossible to determine. He acknowledges the controversies among historians and judiciously defends his own views through his evidence. And he carefully defines his terms, so that even a nonspecialist can follow his clear and careful reasoning." Speculum "This is an outstanding, original book. Bernhardt takes some things we have long known, adds a wealth of meticulous new research, and refashions old arguments in persuasive ways." Thomas F. X. Noble, Religious Studies Review

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction
German kingship and royal monasteries: the historical and historiographical context
Itinerant kingship, royal monasteries and the servitium regis
Servitium regis and monastic property
Monasteries in the Saxon heartland
Monasteries in Westphalia
Monasteries in the Saxon-Hessian border
Monasteries in Hesse and Thuringia
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521394895
ISBN-10: 0521394899
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought. Fourth Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 29th October 1993
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.54