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Medieval Polities and Modern Mentalities - Timothy Reuter

Medieval Polities and Modern Mentalities

Paperback Published: 23rd September 2010
ISBN: 9780521168632
Number Of Pages: 504

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This is a collection of influential and challenging essays by British medievalist Timothy Reuter, a perceptive and original thinker with extraordinary range who was equally at home in the Anglophone or German scholarly worlds. The 2006 book addresses three interconnected themes in the study of the history of the early and high Middle Ages. Firstly, historiography, the development of the modern study of the medieval past. How do our contemporary and inherited preconceptions and pre-occupations determine our view of history? Secondly, the importance of symbolic action and communication in the politics and polities of the Middle Ages. Finally, the need to avoid anachronism in our consideration of medieval politics. Throwing light both on modern mentalities and on the values and conduct of medieval people themselves, and containing articles, at time of publication, never previously been available in English, this book is essential reading for any serious scholar of medieval Europe.

"...highly influential." -David Luscombe, The Historian
"...Reuter draws his ideas from the latest scholarship and discusses complex ideas on an accessible level." --Sarah Whitten, UCLA: Comitatus

Editor's note
List of abbreviations
Editor's introduction
Modern Mentalities: Historiographies, Methodologies, Preconceptions:
Modern mentalities and medieval polities
Medieval: another tyrannous construct?
The insecurity of travel in the early and high Middle Ages: criminals, victims and their medieval and modern observers
Debating the 'feudal revolution'
Pre-Gregorian mentalities
Whose race, whose ethnicity? Recent medievalists' discussion of identity
The Symbolic Language of Medieval Political Action:
Nobles and others: the social and cultural expression of power relations in the Middle Ages
Regemque, quem in Francia pene perdidit, in patria magnifice recepit: Ottonian ruler representation in synchronic and diachronic comparison
Contextualising Canossa: excommunication, penance, surrender, reconciliation
Velle sibi fieri in forma hac: symbolic action in the Becket dispute
Political Structures and Intentions:
Assembly politics in western Europe from the eighth century to the twelfth
Sex, lies and oath-helpers: the trial of Queen Uota
Plunder and tribute in the Carolingian empire
The end of Carolingian military expansion
The Ottonians and Carolingian tradition
The making of England and Germany, 850-1050: points of comparison and difference
Kings, nobles, others: 'basis' and 'superstructure' in the Ottonian period
The 'imperial church system' of the Ottonian and Salian rulers: a reconsideration
Peace-breaking, feud, rebellion, resistance: violence and peace in the politics of the Salian era
The medieval German Sonderweg? The empire and its rulers in the high Middle Ages
Mandate, privilege, court judgement: techniques of rulership in the era of Frederick Barbarossa
All quiet except on the Western Front? The emergence of pre-modern forms of statehood in the central Middle Ages
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ISBN: 9780521168632
ISBN-10: 0521168635
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 23rd September 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.88