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Author Zmora, Hillay, 1964-

Title State and nobility in early modern Germany : the knightly feud in Franconia, 1440-1567 / Hillay Zmora
Published Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 232 pages) : map
Series Cambridge studies in early modern history
Cambridge studies in early modern history.
Contents The problem of the feud -- The politics of violence: feuding in late medieval Franconia -- The Franconian nobility -- Prosopography of feuding noblemen -- State, nobility, and lordship: the feud interpreted -- The decline of the feud -- App. A. Creditors and guarantors of the margraves of Brandenburg -- App. B. Sample of intermarriages among the noble elite -- App. C. Individual parameters of feuders (Sample-I) -- App. D. Family parameters of feuders (Sample-I) -- App. E. Individual parameters of feuders (Sample-II) -- App. F. Family parameters of feuders (Sample-II)
Summary One of the most striking features of late medieval and early modern German was the countless feuds carried out by nobles. A constant threat to law and order, these feuds have commonly been regarded as a manifestation of the decline - economic and otherwise - of the nobility. This study shows that the nobility was not in crisis at this time. Nor were feuds merely banditry by another name. Rather, they were the result of an interplay between two fundamental processes: princely state-building, and social stratification among the nobility. Offering a new paradigm for understanding the German nobility, this book argues that the development of the state made proximity to princes the single most decisive factor in determining the fortune of a family. The result was a violent competition among the nobility over resources which were crucial to the princes. Feuds played a central role in this struggle that eventually led to the formation of an elite of noble families on whose power and wealth the princely state depended
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 204-228) and index
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Subject Nobility -- Germany -- Franconia -- History
Knights and knighthood -- Germany -- Franconia -- History
Feudal law -- Germany -- Franconia
REFERENCE -- Genealogy & Heraldry.
Feudal law
Knights and knighthood
Politics and government
Franconia (Germany) -- Politics and government
Germany -- Franconia
Franken (streek)
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511004192