The 6th quantity of the hot Cambridge Medieval background deals an authoritative synthesis of the most important subject matters in eu fourteenth-century heritage, written via top British, continental and American students. It presents a wide-ranging account of a interval of significant social, political and cultural swap, punctuated by means of the best average catastrophe skilled by way of mankind, the Black demise. Illustrated by way of maps, figures and plates, and supplied with specific bibliographies, will probably be imperative to somebody drawn to the advance of Christendom through the interval and its kinfolk with different civilizations.
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This was why his Defensor Pacis () was deeply opposed to the political order born of Christianity under the control of the papacy. The sworn enemy of sacerdotal hegemony, he denied the Church all power to transfer it to the state, thus empowered to supply its members’ spiritual needs. And in the state it was to the people that the main part of power returned, in particular that of legislating in the general assembly of citizens. This was to construct a completely new system of powers from which the religious sphere was excluded to promote an absolutism of the state which, just as radically conceived, could only end in a totalitarian system.
Roberts (); Davies (). 9 Below, p. . Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 illustrate but the particular continues to excite. Many chapters thus essay a lighter touch, one which is not so relentlessly factual but rather impressionistic and interpretive, though one which at the same time aims to set out any current historiographical disagreement in a balanced way. Political affairs inevitably continue to bulk large, though it is hoped that in most chapters where they predominate, there is also recognition of wider social and cultural issues.
The empire freed itself from the Church but, strengthening the authority of the princes, it fostered the breakup of power and accelerated the triumph of the Cambridge Histories Online © Cambridge University Press, 2008 The theory and practice of government in western Europe Germanic territorial principalities in transferring almost all regalian rights to the prince-electors. This act therefore institutionalised the weakness of the emperor and his government who was not remotely endowed with the institutions which he needed to make himself obeyed.
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