Medieval Polities and Modern Mentalities

Medieval Polities and Modern Mentalities

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Timothy Reuter
Cambridge University Press
Edition: First Edition, 11/2/2006
EAN 9780521820745, ISBN10: 052182074X

Hardcover, 504 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.7 cm
Language: English

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 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.

Editor's note
List of abbreviations
Editor's introduction
Part I. Modern Mentalities
Historiographies, Methodologies, Preconceptions
1. Modern mentalities and medieval polities
2. Medieval
another tyrannous construct?
3. The insecurity of travel in the early and high Middle Ages
criminals, victims and their medieval and modern observers
4. Debating the 'feudal revolution'
5. Pre-Gregorian mentalities
6. Whose race, whose ethnicity? Recent medievalists' discussion of identity
Part II. The Symbolic Language of Medieval Political Action
7. Nobles and others
the social and cultural expression of power relations in the Middle Ages
8. Regemque, quem in Francia pene perdidit, in patria magnifice recepit
Ottonian ruler representation in synchronic and diachronic comparison
9. Contextualising Canossa
excommunication, penance, surrender, reconciliation
10. Velle sibi fieri in forma hac
symbolic action in the Becket dispute
Part III. Political Structures and Intentions
11. Assembly politics in western Europe from the eighth century to the twelfth
12. Sex, lies and oath-helpers
the trial of Queen Uota
13. Plunder and tribute in the Carolingian empire
14. The end of Carolingian military expansion
15. The Ottonians and Carolingian tradition
16. The making of England and Germany, 850–1050
points of comparison and difference
17. Kings, nobles, others
'basis' and 'superstructure' in the Ottonian period
18. The 'imperial church system' of the Ottonian and Salian rulers
a reconsideration
19. Peace-breaking, feud, rebellion, resistance
violence and peace in the politics of the Salian era
20. The medieval German Sonderweg? The empire and its rulers in the high Middle Ages
21. Mandate, privilege, court judgement
techniques of rulership in the era of Frederick Barbarossa
22. All quiet except on the Western Front? The emergence of pre-modern forms of statehood in the central Middle Ages