Noble society

Five lives from twelfth-century Germany

Translated and Edited by Jonathan R. Lyon

Noble society


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9103-2
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £19.99
  • Published Date: May 2017
  • BIC Category: Religion, History & Archaeology, History of religion, Medieval History, HISTORY / Medieval, Humanities / Religion & politics, CE period up to c 1500, RELIGION / History, HISTORY / Europe / Germany, European history: medieval period, middle ages, European history, Humanities / History of religion, Germany, Humanities / Medieval history
  • Series: Manchester Medieval Sources


This book provides scholars and students alike with a set of texts that can deepen their understanding of the culture and society of the twelfth-century German kingdom. The sources translated here bring to life the activities of five noblemen and noblewomen from Rome to the Baltic coast and from the Rhine River to the Alpine valleys of Austria. To read these five sources together is to appreciate how interconnected political, military, economic, religious and spiritual interests could be for some of the leading members of medieval German society-and for the authors who wrote about them. Whether fighting for the emperor in Italy, bringing Christianity to pagans in what is today northern Poland, or founding, reforming and governing monastic communities in the heartland of the German kingdom, the subjects of these texts call attention to some of the many ways that noble life shaped the world of central medieval Europe.


'This is a rich collection and, like other volumes in the Manchester stable, destined to become a staple of many undergraduate courses.'
Johanna Dale, University College London, The Medieval Review

A beautiful book, and a solid working tool'.



Choice award for an outstanding academic title


I The deeds of Margrave Wiprecht of Groitzsch (d. 1124), translated, annotated and introduced by Jonathan R. Lyon and Lisa Wolverton
II The life of Bishop Otto of Bamberg (d. 1139), by a monk of Prüfening
III The life of an unnamed magistra of Admont (d. mid-twelfth century)
IV The life of Mechthild of Diessen (d. 1160), by Engelhard of Langheim
V The deeds of Count Ludwig of Arnstein (d. 1185)

Translator and Editor

Jonathan R. Lyon is Associate Professor of History at the University of Chicago

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