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State and Nobility in Early Modern Germany : The Knightly Feud in Franconia, 1440-1567 - Hillay Zmora

State and Nobility in Early Modern Germany

The Knightly Feud in Franconia, 1440-1567

Hardcover Published: 2nd July 2010
ISBN: 9780521561792
Number Of Pages: 250

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One of the most striking features of late medieval and early modern German was the countless feuds carried out by nobles. A constant threat to law and order, these feuds have commonly been regarded as a manifestation of the decline - economic and otherwise - of the nobility. This study shows that the nobility was not in crisis at this time. Nor were feuds merely banditry by another name. Rather, they were the result of an interplay between two fundamental processes: princely state-building, and social stratification among the nobility. Offering a new paradigm for understanding the German nobility, this book argues that the development of the state made proximity to princes the single most decisive factor in determining the fortune of a family. The result was a violent competition among the nobility over resources which were crucial to the princes. Feuds played a central role in this struggle that eventually led to the formation of an elite of noble families on whose power and wealth the princely state depended.

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"...Zmora does a sound job of proving the linkage between territorial state-building and noble feuding." Choice "It is an exceptionally intersting story, told if not always with crystalline clarity, told nonetheless with verve and authority." Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies

The problem of the feud
The politics of violence
The Franconian nobility
Prosopography of the feuding noblemen
State, nobility and lordship
The decline of the feud
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ISBN: 9780521561792
ISBN-10: 0521561795
Series: Cambridge Studies in Early Modern History
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 250
Published: 2nd July 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.55 x 15.9  x 2.16
Weight (kg): 0.54