Alheydis Plassmann/Dominik Büschken (edd.), Staufen and Plantagenets. Two empires in comparison (Studien zu Macht und Herrschaft 1), Göttingen 2018.

SMH_001This volume contains the results of the workshop "Englische Königsherrschaft im Spiegel der Tyrannenschelte" that took place on December 19 and 20, 2016 [follow-up report in German].


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This volume focuses on phenomena, structures and constellations of power and rule in the 12th century from a comparative perspective. Comparing England and the Empire is a promising research project, because the Staufen and the Plantagenets ruled over more than one kingdom and claimed hegemony. Therefore, the divergence between legality and the demands of ruling over diverse lordships can be explored. The examples of extended royal rule in different constellations, treated by international authors, show how the practice of power and the structures of rule based on legitimate claims diverge.





  • Alheydis Plassmann, Introduction, 7–17.
  • Knut Görich, Frieden schließen und Rang inszenieren. Friedrich I. Barbarossa in Venedig 1177 und Konstanz 1183, 19–52.
  • Stephen Church, The dating and making of Magna Carta and the peace of June 1215, 53–70.
  • Thomas Foerster, Crossing the Alps and Crossing the Channel. The ‘Empires’ of Frederick I and Henry II, 71–120.
  • Stefanie Schild, Bishops in the service of the Staufens and the Plantagenets, 121–150.
  • Jonathan R. Lyon, Rulers, Local Elites and Monastic Liberties. Tegernsee and Bury St Edmunds under the Staufens and Plantagenets, 151–182.
  • Dominik Büschken, Rainald of Dassel and Thomas Becket. Two Upstarts in Comparison, 183–196.
  • Andrea Stieldorf, Das Bild des Königs, 197–228.
  • Max Liebermann, Noble ideals in the Norman/Plantagenet and Welf dynastic narratives, 229–270.
  • Alheydis Plassmann, Lordships acquired by marriage. Henry II in Aquitaine and Frederick Barbarossa in the Franche-Comté, 271–304.
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