Power and the Holy in the Age of the Investiture Conflict
First Edition   ©2005

Power and the Holy in the Age of the Investiture Conflict

A Brief History with Documents

Maureen C. Miller (University of California, Berkeley)

  • ISBN-10: 0-312-40468-9; ISBN-13: 978-0-312-40468-0; Format: Paper Text, 208 pages

Historians tracing the emerging division between church and state in the West have long recognized the importance of the eleventh-century Gregorian reform movement and the investiture conflict — events that reached a dramatic climax in Pope Gregory VII’s excommunication of Emperor Henry IV. In her introduction to this ground-breaking volume, Miller recasts the narrative of reform and the investiture conflict — traditionally portrayed as an elitist struggle between church and state — in terms of a broad shift in conceptions of the nature of power and the holy. The volume brings together a wide selection of compelling documents — many of which have been largely unavailable — that allows students to place the investiture conflict within the wider context of social and political change in medieval Europe. Document headnotes, a chronology, a selected bibliography, and questions for consideration provide further pedagogical support.
“A work of immaculate but student-friendly scholarship which contains a great deal of material not easily available elsewhere and provides a broad, attractive and entirely fresh approach to one of the most important and otherwised hackneyed topics in medieval history.”
— R. I. Moore
University of Newcastle upon Tyne