Conflicting Loyalties in Early Medieval Bavaria: A View of Socio-Political Interaction, 680-900
This text examines the successes and failures of the Agilofingi dukes and their Carolingian royal successors as they attempted to establish effective territoriaity within early-medieval Bavaria. The dukes and kings relied heavily on two major strategies: the use of the Church as an extension of the ruler's authority over both territory and its inhabitants; and the creation of proto-vassalic and vassalic ties with members of the landowning class. Pursuit of these strategies forced the Bavarian rulers to deal with the ambivalence of their clerical and secular elites whose patters of loyalty were shaped by a variety of familial, religious or territorial concerns of their own, not always compatible with the ruler's interests. The book explores these various conflicting loyalties and demonstrates that, although Bavaria did evolve into a distinct territorial principality, the ambitions and loyalties of the landowning elites could never be fully subordinated to royal authority. [From Amazon.com]
House of Agilofing, Bavaria, Germany, Feudalism, Nobles
European History | Medieval History | Social History
Pearson, Kathy Lynne, "Conflicting Loyalties in Early Medieval Bavaria: A View of Socio-Political Interaction, 680-900" (1999). History Faculty Bookshelf. 19.