Medieval Monarchy in Action: The German Empire from Henry I to Henry IV, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Medieval Monarchy in Action

The German Empire from Henry I to Henry IV, 1st Edition

By Boyd H. Hill, Jr


246 pages

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Originally published in 1972, Medieval Monarchy in Action covers a period extending from the reign of Henry I to the early years of Henry IV. The book examines how the Saxon and Salian monarchs of the tenth and eleventh centuries built the foundations of the German Empire, this volume contains fifty documents which present the reader with the vivid picture of the imperial activities. The book contains original source material, including diplomas issued by the emperors, most of which have never before been published in English. Both the introduction and documents reveal the workings of the imperial chancery, the utilization of the Church as the foundation for building a strong monarchy, and the careful conscription of learned ecclesiastics into the royal bureaucracy. The period of Saxon-Salian dominance is an important area of study for papal-imperial relations in the Middle Ages and also for modern European history.

Table of Contents


Introduction: The Age of the Saxons and Salians

1 The Reign of Henry I (919-936)

2. The Reign of Otto I (936-973)

3. The Reign of Otto II (973-983)

4. The Reign of Otto III (983-1002)

5. The Reign of Henry II (1002-1024)

6. The Reign of Conrad I (1024-1039)

7. The Reign of Henry III (1039-1056)

8. The Reign of Henry IV (1056-1106)

Selected Documents

Diplomatic Key

Definition of Terms

Bibliographical Envoi


About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: The Medieval World

The volumes in this set, originally published between 1938 and 1994, draw together research by leading academics in the area of medieval history and medieval literature, and provide a rigorous examination of related key issues. The volume examines medieval history from the early Middle Ages, right up until the Reformation, as well as the effect of the medieval period on later cultures, such as the Victorians. This collection draws together books on the monarchy, medieval philosophy, religion, art, music, psychology and architecture as well as volumes on medieval archeology. The collection also brings together key volumes on medieval literature of the period, with formative works examining medieval religious literature, medieval legends and oral tradition. The collection also includes titles examining specific poems from the period such as Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Pearl, as well as volumes on influential writers of the period such as Jean Froissant, John Lydgate and Margery Kempe. This collection brings back into print a collection of insightful and detailed books on the diverse medieval period and will be a must have resource for academics and students, not only of history and literature, but of anthropology, music, psychology and religion.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General