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The Salian Century: Main Currents in an Age of Transition (The Middle Ages Series) Hardcover – September 3, 1999

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"An important interpretation of a major epoch in German history."--John Freed, Illinois State University

"The Salian Century offers the best current interpretation of the German monarchy during the critical period of its development (1024-1125)."--John Van Engen, University of Notre Dame

"Learned and highly original."--Choice

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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Product Details

  • Series: The Middle Ages Series
  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (September 3, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812235088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812235081
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,963,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steven D. Fletcher on June 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The Salian 's century of rule (1024-1125) witnessed events of paramount importance for the history of medieval Germany. Weinfurter's account of these developments, primarily political and institutional, is always enlightening and occasionally brilliant, particularly in the use of art and architecture to supplement the literary evidence, but not always convincing. Two parallel, competing themes can be traced: the growth of royal power and prestige under the Salian kings on the one hand, opposed by the growing importance and self-assertiveness of the German nobility on the other. The growth of royal power under the Salians is best seen in Weinfurter's account of the reign of Conrad II, the first Salian king. The author demonstrates that the Salian's territorially based lordship and dynastic self-consciousness, combined with the newly evolving concept of transpersonal kingship, aided the new royal family's consolidation of power. Less certain, however, is whether these developments are the novel departure that the author contends they are. Indeed, the evidence presented also supports the argument that Conrad ruled in a manner entirely in keeping with that of his predecessor, albeit one that was more systematic and intensive -precisely what one would expect of a newly established royal family in need of legitimization. The Salian's authority peaked during the reign of Conrad's son, Henry III, only to be followed by a reversal of fortune during the reigns of his grandson and great-grandson, Henry IV and Henry V. This decline of royal authority in the face of the growing confidence and self-assertiveness of the secular and ecclesiastical nobility is the book's other central theme.Read more ›
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