Studying Medieval Rulers and Their Subjects. Central Europe and Beyond

TitleStudying Medieval Rulers and Their Subjects. Central Europe and Beyond
Publication TypeBook
AuthorsJános M. Bak
EditorKlaniczay, G., and Balázs Nagy
Year2010
Pagesxii+310
PublisherAshgate
Place of PublicationFarmingham
Series Variorum collected studies
Series NumberCS956
LanguageEnglish
ISBN978-1-4094-0829-1
Publisher linkhttp://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409408291
Abstract

This selection of articles, published for the 50th anniversary of the author's doctorate at Göttingen, opens with studies on his teacher, Percy Ernst Schramm, and his contribution to the study of the medieval state and continues with examples of state symbology from Central Europe. Questions of legitimization and representation of kings and queens through texts and Herrschaftszeichen as well as the development of 'coronation studies' are addressed in a comparative framework. The second part contains articles on social and political history mainly of the kingdom of Hungary in the fifteenth century, also attempting to place the issues into a wider context. Finally, two pieces present and discuss the 'use' or 'abuse' of the Middle Ages in the political discourse and display of our times.