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This bibliography section of the book Inventing the Public Sphere: The Public Debate during the Investiture Contest contains abbreviations and primary and secondary sources. The combination of the plurality of reforms and the free intellectuals' latitude for intellectual manoeuvring provides one point of departure for understanding the medieval public sphere in the eleventh century. In order to explain the characteristic features of this public sphere, we need a theoretical apparatus that is able to grasp the communicative infrastructure of the period. Hence, the dialogical approach is used as an analytical tool for understanding the public sphere, and as a means for placing the public debate within a macro-historical framework. The presentation of this approach is an attempt to rectify a dearth of theoretical approaches to the medieval public sphere in general and the Investiture debate in particular.

Keywords: investiture contest; public sphere



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