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Otto III

Author: Gerd Althoff
Publisher: University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Otto III (980-1002) was one of the most powerful rulers in Europe in the late tenth century. He is also one of the most enigmatic. The son of the German emperor Otto II and the Greek princess Theophanu, he came to the throne at the age of three and was only twenty-one years old at the time of his death. Nonetheless, his reign had a lasting impact on both Germany and Italy for generations. In this book, Gerd Althoff  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
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Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Althoff, Gerd.
Otto III.
University Park, Pa. : Pennsylvania State University Press, ©2003
(DLC) 2003009373
(OCoLC)52218293
Named Person: Otto, Holy Roman Emperor; Otton, empereur du Saint Empire romain germanique; Otto, Holy Roman Emperor; Otto, empereur germanique
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gerd Althoff
ISBN: 0271031409 9780271031408
OCLC Number: 74813340
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2011. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 215 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Introduction: The Modern Assessment of Otto III --
Royal Rule and the Idea of the State at the End of the Tenth Century --
Central Questions and the Problem of Sources --
A Child on the Throne --
Henry the Quarrelsome and the Disturbances over the Succession --
The Regency of the Empresses --
The Beginning of Independent Rule --
The First Independent Decisions --
The First Italian Expedition --
The Encounters with Gerbert and Adalbert --
The "Revenge Expedition" to Rome and the Beginning of the "Roman Renewal" --
The Fight Against Crescentius and the Antipope --
Otto III's "Idea of Roman Renewal" in Older and Newer Scholarship --
The Journey to Gniezno --
Preconceptions and Preparations --
The Journey --
From Gniezno to Aachen --
The Last Expedition to Rome --
"Government Business" on the Way --
The Gandersheim Conflict --
The "Ingratitude" of the Romans --
The Death of Otto III --
Building Blocks for an Assessment of Otto III: Observations, Insights, Open Questions --
Demonstrative Ritual Behaviors --
"Friends" of Otto III and His Interaction with Them --
Dealing with the Heritage.
Other Titles: Otto III.
Responsibility: Gerd Althoff ; translated by Phyllis G. Jestice.
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"Otto III (980-1002) was one of the most powerful rulers in Europe in the late tenth century. He is also one of the most enigmatic. The son of the German emperor Otto II and the Greek princess Theophanu, he came to the throne at the age of three and was only twenty-one years old at the time of his death. Nonetheless, his reign had a lasting impact on both Germany and Italy for generations. In this book, Gerd Althoff provides a much-needed biography of this fascinating figure. In the process, he uses Otto's life to explain how in practice early medieval kingship worked." "At the heart of Otto's short career lay three expeditions to Italy and his efforts to solidify a German Reich that controlled the territory on both sides of the Alps. Most writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries understood Otto, for good or ill, as an idealist and an individualist. Althoff's great contribution it to make sense of Otto III against the backdrop of his own time, depicting Otto as a ruler challenged and limited both by his ancestry and by the political customs of his time."--Jacket.

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