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This front matter section of the book Inventing the Public Sphere: the Public debate during the Investiture Contest presents a table of content and preface. Otto of Freising starts his history of the German Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, Gesta Fredrici, by outlining the stir in the empire in the wake of Pope Gregory VII's efforts to rehabilitate the church. Another twelfth-century historian, William of Tyre, exclaims that 'when this schism arose the world sank to still lower depths. This schism, or in Tellenbach's classical formulation, the struggle for the 'right order of the world', is the focus of this analysis of the public debate and the polemical literature of the Investiture Contest.

Keywords: investiture contest; medievalpublic sphere



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