Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Mortgage of the PastReshaping the Ancient Political Inheritance (1050-1300)$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Francis Oakley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300176339

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300176339.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM YALE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Yale University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in YSO for personal use (for details see http://www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 12 December 2017

The Christian Commonwealth (i)

The Christian Commonwealth (i)

Regnum vs. Sacerdotium—the Struggle for Control

Chapter:
(p.15) 2. The Christian Commonwealth (i)
Source:
The Mortgage of the Past
Author(s):

Francis Oakley

Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300176339.003.0003

This chapter discusses the nineteenth century name “Canossa” and how it became synonymous, for Germans of strong nationalistic disposition, with the abject humiliation of a German emperor and the German national spirit at the arrogant hands of a foreign religious potentate. It is argued here that it is only via a casual anachronism that one could assume a convincing symmetry to exist between the events of 1872 and those of 1076. In 1872, Otto von Bismarck, chancellor of the newly unified German Reich, proclaimed to the Reichstag that “we will not go to Canossa.” This proclamation was made during the launch of the so-called May laws aimed at asserting state control over Roman Catholic schools, and over the education and appointment of Catholic priests. The events of 1076 involved the humiliation at Canossa of the emperor Henry IV. The humiliation may have been a small price to pay, however, since it became a tactical strategy that threatened to sunder the alliance which had arrayed against him.

Keywords:   nationalistic disposition, Canossa, Germans, abject humiliation, Otto von Bismarck, unified German Reich, May laws, Henry IV

Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.