Exercise of royal power in early medieval Europe: the case of Otto the Great 936–73

  title={Exercise of royal power in early medieval Europe: the case of Otto the Great 936–73},
  author={David Steward Bachrach},
  journal={Early Medieval Europe},
  • D. Bachrach
  • Published 1 November 2009
  • History, Economics
  • Early Medieval Europe
Current scholarly orthodoxy holds that the German kingdom under the Ottonians (c.919–1024) did not possess an administration, much less an administrative system that relied heavily upon the ‘written word’. It is the contention of this essay that the exercise of royal power under Otto the Great (936–73) relied intrinsically on a substantial royal administrative system that made very considerable use of documents, particularly for the storage of crucial information about royal resources. The… 

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