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Gebhard, Wenrich, Manegold, and Guido Debating the Papal Letter to Hermann of Metz

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Gebhard was one of thirteen German bishops who did not attend the council at Worms, and this refusal to take part in the condemnation of the pope marked his defection from the royal side. Wenrich goes beyond Gebhard when it comes to reflect on the relationship between argumentative and demonstrative approaches. With regard to the Moses analogy, Manegold uses a commonplace dialectical twist, applying the just deposition of King Henry to highlight the logical impossibility of Wenrich's claim that 'you have descended from the chair of Moses'. Guido's approach is to construct an abstract scheme based on the letter to Hermann of Metz. In conclusion, a broad delineation of the intended audiences can be gathered from Gebhard's rhetorical invocation of a 'public tribunal' that awaits a response from the royal bishops.

Keywords: Gebhard; Guido; Hermann of Metz; Manegold; Moses; Wenrich

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