Medieval constitutional history was first invented by the Germans, and they were the first to reject it. Between about 1920 and 1960 it ceased to be intellectually respectable to talk in terms of the regnum Teutonicum as a whole; a nominalistic regionalism became fashionable, which has not made it easier to understand how the notorious late medieval patchwork quilt emerged. Benjamin Arnold, in Princes and Territories in Medieval Germany (Cambridge: U.P., 1991; pp. xiv + 314. [pounds]35), offers to guide readers across this minefield. He begins by discussing the relations between crown and princes and the nature of princely rule. After describing the different princely titles and their origins, he proceeds to analyse the tools at the princes' disposal and the forces working on them: dynasticism, colonization,...
Princes and Territories in Medieval Germany
From: The English Historical Review(Vol. 109, Issue 434)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Document Type: Book review
Length: 511 words
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