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Ruling Class And Regime In An Ecclesiastical Territory: The Case Of Salem

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This chapter explores the nature of ecclesiastical lordship in the Holy Roman Empire based on the example of Salem, an Imperial and Cistercian abbey on the northwestern shores of Lake Constance. In order to examine the essential features of ecclesiastical lordships and evaluate the commonalities and differences among them, the chapter addresses three questions. First, how does ecclesiastical rule differ from noble rule, and how is the temporal authority of abbots distinct from that of bishops? Second, what were some of the key elements of state-building in Salem, and how do they reflect the specific nature of ecclesiastical rule? Finally, how does Salem's political experience compare with that of other ecclesiastical regimes, and what does Salem contribute to our understanding of territorial state-building more generally?

Keywords: Cistercian abbey; ecclesiastical lordship; Holy Roman Empire; Lake Constance; Salem



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