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Princely Brothers and Sisters: The Sibling Bond in German Politics, 1100-1250

Jonathan R. Lyon


This book takes a fresh look at sibling networks and the role they played in shaping the practice of politics in the Middle Ages. Focusing on nine of the most prominent aristocratic families in the German kingdom during the Staufen period (1138–1250), the book finds that noblemen—and to a lesser extent, noblewomen—relied on the cooperation and support of their siblings as they sought to maintain or expand their power and influence within a competitive political environment. Consequently, sibling relationships proved crucial at key moments in shaping the political and territorial interests of m ... More

Keywords: siblings, sibling networks, Middle Ages, politics, Staufen period, noblemen, sibling relationships, German kingdom, sibling bonds

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451300
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451300.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan R. Lyon, author
Assistant Professor of History, the University of Chicago