Tales of Trickery and Deceit: the election of Frederick Barbarossa (1152), historical memory, and the culture of kingship in later Staufen Germany

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This article takes as its point of departure a series of anecdotes, written roughly between c.1200 and c.1270, about the election of Frederick Barbarossa as king of the Romans and emperor-elect in 1152. They represent Frederick as using an artful ruse to obtain the throne, or as a usurper. They are of limited value for reconstructing the events of 1152. Yet the frequency and spread of the accounts – with examples to be found in France and North Africa, as well as Germany – as well as striking similarities between them, raise important questions about historical memory in thirteenth-century Europe. In addition, a strict emphasis in the German materials on hereditary norms of succession marks a striking contrast with contemporary realities, and thus points to a profound dissonance between political norms and political realities in later Staufen Germany.
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Tudalennau (o-i)295-317
CyfnodolynJournal of Medieval History
Cyfrol38
Rhif cyhoeddi3
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - Medi 2012

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