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Black Death: The Great Mortality of 1348-1350 & Candide & Nathan the Wise & Power and the Holy in the Age of the Investiture Conflict

ISBN13: 9780312549916
ISBN: 0312549911
Binding: Hardcover
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
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Historians tracing the emerging division between church and state in the West have long recognized the importance of the eleventh-century Gregorian reform movement and the investiture conflict--events that reached a dramatic climax in Pope Gregory VII's excommunication of Emperor Henry IV. In her introduction to this ground-breaking volume, Miller recasts the narrative of reform and the investiture conflict--traditionally portrayed as an elitist struggle between church and state--in terms of a broad shift in conceptions of the nature of power and the holy. The volume brings together a wide selection of compelling documents-many of which have been largely unavailable--that allow students to place the investiture conflict within the wider context of social and political change in medieval Europe. Document headnotes, a chronology, a selected bibliography, and questions for consideration provide further pedagogical support.