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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. Recent work on the logic of dialogue has highlighted dialogue as an orientation to conflict that is open to change not just what one believes, but also how one talks and even thinks about an issue. Recently, manuscript research has taken new turns in attempting to grasp the textual culture of a given period. The author hopes that the present analysis of the medieval public sphere based on the public debate during the Investiture Contest will contribute to a better understanding and appreciation of the epochal significance of the public debate for this 'maturity and education'.

Keywords: dialogue; manuscript; public debate



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