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Episcopal Power and Ecclesiastical Reform in the German Empire
Tithes, Lordship, and Community, 950–1150

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series

  • Date Published: August 2012
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  • isbn: 9781139533706

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  • Focusing on the way bishops in the eleventh century used the ecclesiastical tithe - church taxes - to develop or re-order ties of loyalty and dependence within their dioceses, this book offers a new perspective on episcopacy in medieval Germany and Italy. Using three broad case studies from the dioceses of Mainz, Salzburg and Lucca in Tuscany, John Eldevik places the social dynamics of collecting the church tithe within current debates about religious reform, social change and the so-called 'feudal revolution' in the eleventh century, and analyses a key economic institution, the medieval tithe, as a social and political phenomenon. By examining episcopal churches and their possessions not in institutional terms, but as social networks which bishops were obliged to negotiate and construct over time using legal, historiographical and interpersonal means, this comparative study casts fresh light on the history of early medieval society.

    • Contributes to ongoing debates about social change in the eleventh century
    • The book's comparative approach will be of great benefit to scholars of Germany and Italy
    • Highlights the role of bishops in the so-called 'Transformation of the Year 1000'
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    • Date Published: August 2012
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139533706
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 4 maps
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: bishops, power and medieval society: a comparative approach
    1. The social worlds of the ecclesiastical tithe
    2. Tithes, bishops and society in Frankish Europe
    3. Landscapes of episcopal authority: Lucca, Mainz and Salzburg
    4. Diabolic contracts: the leasing of Pievi and perceptions of order and power in early medieval Italy
    5. Piety, power and memory: bishops and tithes in the diocese of Salzburg
    6. The struggle for tithes in an age of transition
    Conclusion
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    John Eldevik, Hamilton College, New York
    John Eldevik is Assistant Professor of History at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. In addition to articles and reviews in a range of international journals, he is the author of Medieval Germany: Research and Resources (2006), a reference guide to medieval German history published by the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC.

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