Eleventh-century Germany

The Swabian chronicles

Translated by I. Robinson

Eleventh-century Germany

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-7734-0
  • Pages: 384
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: May 2008
  • BIC Category: Medieval History, History, Literary studies: ancient & classical, European history, HISTORY / Medieval, HISTORY / Europe / Germany, Germany, Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: classical, early & medieval
  • Series: Manchester Medieval Sources


Three of the most important chronicles of eleventh-century Germany were composed in the south-western duchy of Swabia. The chronicles reveal how between 1049 and 1100 the centripetal attraction of the reform papacy became the dominant fact of intellectual life in German reformed monastic circles.

In the abbey of Reichenau Herman 'the Lame' composed a chronicle of the reign of Emperor Henry III (1039-56). His pupil, Berthold of Reichenau, continued his master's work, composing a detailed account of 1076-1079 in Germany. Bernold, a clergyman of Constance, continued the work of Herman and Berthold in a text containing the fullest extant account of 1080-1100. Herman's waning enthusiasm for the monarchy and growing interest in the newly reformed papacy were intensified in Berthold's chronicle, and writing in the new context of the reformed monasteries of south-western Germany, Bernold preached total obedience to the Gregorian papacy.

The Swabian chronicles are an indispensable resource to the student of the changing loyalties and conflicts of eleventh-century Germany.


Series editor's foreword
Herman of Reichenau, Chronicle
Berthold of Reichenau, Chronicle: First Version
Berthold of Reichenau, Chronicle: Second Version
Bernold of St Blasien, Chronicle

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