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Princely Brothers and SistersThe Sibling Bond in German Politics, 1100-1250$
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Jonathan R. Lyon

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451300

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451300.001.0001

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The Uncertain Future of Lineages

The Uncertain Future of Lineages

Siblings during the Reign of Frederick II

(p.196) Chapter 7 The Uncertain Future of Lineages
Princely Brothers and Sisters

Jonathan R. Lyon

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on the groups of brothers and sisters who were active within the princely elite during the reign of Emperor Frederick II. It first examines how the changing character of secular lordship and imperial politics during Frederick II's reign forced siblings to interact with each other under new conditions. It then considers collaboration and cooperation as the foundation for most sibling relationships and shows that conflict arose during uncertain inheritance and succession scenarios. It also explains how the absence of large, influential sibling groups led Frederick II to rely on other types of relationships to exert his authority and to build consensus among the principes imperii. Finally, it looks at joint lordship as an inheritance and succession strategy within the German kingdom.

Keywords:   succession, Frederick II, imperial politics, siblings, cooperation, sibling relationships, inheritance, principes imperii, joint lordship, German kingdom

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