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The Investiture Controversy
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The Investiture Controversy
Church and Monarchy from the Ninth to the Twelfth Century

Uta-Renate Blumenthal

216 pages | 6 x 9
Paper 1991 | ISBN 9780812213867 | $26.50s | Outside the Americas £19.99
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A volume in the Middle Ages Series

"Synthesis of a high order. . . . A praisworthy accomplishment."—History, Reviews of New Books
"The best introduction in English to the historiography, history, and central interpretive problems of the investiture controversy."—The Catholic Historical Review

"Blumenthal . . . not only clarifies the course of the investiture controversy as such but also sets it satisfyingly in its wider and longer context."—American Historical Review

"This book describes the roots of a set of ideals that effected a radical transformation of eleventh-century European society that led to the confrontation between church and monarchy known as the investiture struggle or Gregorian reform. Ideas cannot be divorced from reality, especially not in the Middle Ages. I present them, therefore, in their contemporary political, social, and cultural context."—from the Preface

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