Patterns of Episcopal Power: Bishops in Tenth and Eleventh Century Western Europe

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Ludger Körntgen, Dominik Waßenhoven
Walter de Gruyter, Aug 29, 2011 - History - 226 pages
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In medieval Europe, the death of a king could not only cause a dispute about the succession, but also a severe crisis. In times of a vacant throne particular responsibility fell to the bishops - whose general importance for the time around the first milennium has been revealed by recent scholarship - as royal counsellors and policy makers. This volume therefore concentrates on the bishops' room for manoeuvre and the patterns of episcopal power, focusing on the Eastern Frankish Reich and Anglo-Saxon England in a comparative approach which is not least based upon the research of a renowned medievalist, Timothy Reuter. His article about "A Europe of Bishops" ("Ein Europa der Bischöfe") is presented in English translation for the first time.

 

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Contents

AbkürzungsverzeichnisList of Abbreviations
9
Introduction
11
A Europe of Bishops The Age of Wulfstan of York and Burchard of Worms
17
Monition and Advice as Elements of Politics
39
The Changing Political Horizons of gesta episcoporum from the Ninth to Eleventh Centuries ...
51
Bedrängte und belohnte Bischöfe Recht und Politik als Parameter bischüflichen Handelns bei Willigis von Mainz und anderen ...
63
English Summary
87
Swaying Bishops and the Succession of Kings
89
Bishops and Succession Crises in Tenth and EleventhCentury England
111
Royal Women and Transitions Emma and Ælfgifu in 103510421043
127
Two AngloSaxon Bishops at Work Wulfstan Leofric and Cambridge Corpus Christi College MS 190 ...
145
Selective Bibliography on Bishops in Medieval Europe from 1980 to the present day
163
AutorenverzeichnisList of Contributors
225
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Ludger Körntgen, Dominik Waßenhoven, University of Bayreuth, Germany.

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