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Family, Commerce, and Religion in London and Cologne
Anglo-German Emigrants, c.1000–c.1300


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

  • Date Published: November 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521521932

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  • This book explores the full range of social, economic, religious and cultural contacts between England and the German city of Cologne during the central Middle Ages, c.1000 to c.1300. A wealth of original archive material reveals an extensive network of English and German emigrants who were surprisingly successful in achieving assimilation into their new homeland. From beguines to English sterling, pilgrims to emigrants, crusaders and merchants to teachers, there existed a complex world of Anglo-German associations. The book therefore maintains the thesis that the Anglo-German nexus should be given a higher profile in current historiography on the Middle Ages, and that the book should stand as a contribution towards the reconfiguration of medieval history away from the boundaries created by modern political and intellectual categories. It will also encourage historians to reconsider their basic assumptions about what constituted 'medieval Europe'.

    • The first full social, economic and religious comparison between emigrant populations in England and Germany in the central middle ages
    • Aims to bridge the national histories of England and Germany in a new way, in an attempt to reconsider traditional perceptions of Anglo-German history
    • Introduces German sources and scholarship to English-language readers
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    • Date Published: November 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521521932
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 2 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Historical Background, Anglo-German Foundations and the City of Cologne:
    1. The London guildhall and Cologne's rise to dominance in the eleventh and twelfth centuries
    2. The rise of the Hansa towns and the decline of Cologne's dominance in the thirteenth century
    3. Anglo-German currency exchange: Cologne and English sterling
    Part II. Anglo-German Family, Property and Inheritance Ties:
    4. The formation of individual and family identity in medieval Cologne: property and surnames
    5. Anglicus in Colonia: the social, economic and legal status of the English in Cologne during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries
    6. Cologne families with English connections: the Zudendorps
    7. Cologners in England
    Part III. Anglo-German Religious and Cultural Life:
    8. Confraternities, expatriate monks, pious legends and pilgrims
    9. Clerics, canon law, crusaders and culture
    Conclusion: a reappraisal of the Anglo-German nexus
    Appendices I-IV

  • Author

    Joseph P. Huffman, Messiah College, Pennsylvania

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