Friday, August 12, 2011

Forthcoming Book!

Bishops in Tenth and Eleventh Century Western Europe
Ed. by Ludger Körntgen and Dominik Waßenhoven.

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 millennium 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.

© 2011 Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin/Boston
226 pp. | Hardcover RRP € 89.95 / US$ 135.00, ISBN 978-3-11-026202-5
eBook RRP € 89.95 / US$ 135.00, ISBN 978-3-11-026203-2
Series: Prinz-Albert-Forschungen 6
to be published August 2011

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Ludger Körntgen: Introduction, p. 11
Timothy Reuter: A Europe of Bishops. The Age of Wulfstan of York and Burchard of Worms, p. 17
Monika Suchan: Monition and Advice as Elements of Politics, p. 39
Theo Riches: The Changing Political Horizons of gesta episcoporum from the Ninth to Eleventh Centuries, p. 51
Ernst-Dieter Hehl: Bedrängte und belohnte Bischöfe. Recht und Politik als Parameter bischöflichen Handelns
bei Willigis von Mainz und anderen, p. 63 (English Summary, p. 87)
Dominik Waßenhoven: Swaying Bishops and the Succession of Kings, p. 89
Catherine Cubitt: Bishops and Succession Crises in Tenth- and Eleventh-Century England, p. 111
Pauline Stafford: Royal Women and Transitions. Emma and Ælfgifu in 1035–1042/1043, p. 127
Joyce Hill: Two Anglo-Saxon Bishops at Work. Wulfstan, Leofric and Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 190, p. 145
Selective Bibliography on Bishops in Medieval Europe, from 1980 to the present day, p. 163

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