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Power and Faith
Politics and Religion in Europe from the Tenth to the Thirteenth Century

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ISBN 9780367821395
May 5, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
464 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Examining the developments in the political and religious landscape of Western Europe between the tenth and thirteenth centuries, Power and Faith explores the origins of dominant nation Sates and religious institutions in the West emerged out of the fractured and fragmented post-Carolingian world.

As a foundational text for those new to the period, the book offers a clear chronological framework for understanding and analysing the emerging polities of Western Europe and an examination of the influence of the Papacy and the Crusades across Christian life and culture. Mixed with careful consideration of major social and economic themes including urbanisation, rural revolution, and the role of women in politics, religion, and society, the book gives a uniquely comprehensive overview of political and religious developments in Western Europe during a neglected yet fundamentally significant period.

The book is divided into six parts, part one sets out the scope and aims of the book and discusses the sources used. Parts two and six provide overviews of the political and religious states of affairs in Europe at the start and end of the period respectively. Framed by these sections, the book is divided into three chronologically-ordered parts each containing three chapters, the first offers a brief account of the main historiography of the period concerned, the second provides a thorough account and analysis of the main political developments across Europe during it and the third explores the main religious changes.

Power and Faith is an essential introductory guide for students and researchers interested in politics, religion, and society in Western Europe during the middle ages.


Table of Contents




          Power and Faith in Western Europe in About 900

          How Do We Know? Sources and Interpretations


PART 1: THE TENTH CENTURY, c.890-c.1020

  1. The Social and Economic Context
  2. Power: The Political Framework, c.890-c.1020
  3. The East Frankish Kingdom and the Renewal of Empire

    The West Frankish Kingdom and the Challenge of Survival

    Britain and Ireland: Kingdoms and Peoples

    Southern Europe: The Multicultural Experience in Iberia and Italy

    Frontier Europe: Christians and Pagans in the North and East

  4. Faith: The Church in Western Europe, c.890-c.1020
  5. The Papacy: Too Corrupt to Matter?

    Bishops and Monks: Local Power in Cathedrals and Cloisters

    Priests and People: Popular Practice and Everyday Belief


    PART 2: THE ELEVENTH CENTURY, c.1020-c.1120

  6. The Social and Economic Context
  7. Power: The Political Framework, c.1020-c.1120
  8. Germany: Royal Authority and Mighty Rebellion

    France: Petty Kings and Potent Princes

    Britain and Ireland: Conquest and Survival

    Southern Europe: Spanish Kings and Norman Knights in Iberia and Italy

    Frontier Europe: Life on the Edge in the North and East

  9. Faith: The Church in Western Europe, c.1020-c.1120
  10. The Papacy: Revival and Reform

    The New Monasticism

    Popular Piety and Shades of Belief

    The First Crusade and its Aftermath: Beginner’s Luck?


    PART 3: THE TWELFTH CENTURY, c.1120-c.1220

  11. The Social and Economic Context
  12. Power: The Political Framework, c.1120-c.1220
  13. Germany: Staufen, Welf and the Struggle for Imperium

    France: A Real Kingdom at Last

    Britain and Ireland: Civil Wars and Fights for Supremacy

    Southern Europe: Reconquista and State Building in Iberia and Italy

    Frontier Europe: Westernisation in the North and East

    1. Faith: The Church in Western Europe, c.1120-c.1220

    The Papacy: Schisms and Supremacy

    Preachers and Friars: The Reinvention of Orthodoxy

    Religion, Renewal and the Laity

    Muslim Revival and the Crisis of Crusading

    Closer to Home: Crusading in Europe and the Battle with Heresy


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    Richard Huscroft is Head of History at Westminster School, London. His interests are rooted in different aspects of European Medieval history, as is reflected in his publications including England’s Jewish Solution (2006), Ruling England, 1042-1217 (2016) and Tales From the Long Twelfth Century (2017).