- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: July 2020
- Print publication year: 2020
- Online ISBN: 9781108854559
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108854559
Throughout medieval Europe, for hundreds of years, monarchy was the way that politics worked in most countries. This meant power was in the hands of a family - a dynasty; that politics was family politics; and political life was shaped by the births, marriages and deaths of the ruling family. How did the dynastic system cope with female rule, or pretenders to the throne? How did dynasties use names, the numbering of rulers and the visual display of heraldry to express their identity? And why did some royal families survive and thrive, while others did not? Drawing on a rich and memorable body of sources, this engaging and original history of dynastic power in Latin Christendom and Byzantium explores the role played by family dynamics and family consciousness in the politics of the royal and imperial dynasties of Europe. From royal marriages and the birth of sons, to female sovereigns, mistresses and wicked uncles, Robert Bartlett makes enthralling sense of the complex web of internal rivalries and loyalties of the ruling dynasties and casts fresh light on an essential feature of the medieval world.
Janet L. Nelson - Author of King and Emperor: A New Life of Charlemagne
William Chester Jordan - author of The Apple of His Eye: Converts from Islam in the Reign of Louis IX
Miri Rubin - author of Cities of Strangers: Making Lives in Medieval Europe
Jeroen Duindam - Author of Dynasties: A Global History of Power 1300–1800
Len Scales Source: Times Literary Supplement
Dan Snow Source: History Hit
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