Germany in the High Middle Ages opens with a wide-ranging and yet
detailed description of the conditions under which men lived and
their attitudes of mind during the period 1050-1200: against this
background it proceeds to analyse the fundamental political,
social, economic and cultural changes of the period in central
Europe. Professor Fuhrmann considers the social transformation
brought about by the emergence of new classes such as ministeriales
and burghers, and examines the intellectual renewal reflected in
the rise of scholasticism and the foundation of the universities.
He also describes the gradual erosion of the power of the German
rulers, which led to the Empire losing its position as the leading
power in Europe, and yet was accompanied, by a last flowering under
the Staufen emperors amid the chivalric culture with which they
were closely associated. Throughout the book these changes are
contrasted with contemporary developments elsewhere in Europe,
especially in France, England and Italy.
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