The ‘Imperial Church System’ of the Ottonian and Salian Rulers: a Reconsideration

  title={The ‘Imperial Church System’ of the Ottonian and Salian Rulers: a Reconsideration},
  author={Timothy Reuter},
  journal={The Journal of Ecclesiastical History},
  pages={347 - 374}
  • Timothy Reuter
  • Published 1 July 1982
  • History
  • The Journal of Ecclesiastical History
There is a general consensus among historians that there was something quite special about the church policy of the Ottoman and Salian rulers of Germany from Henry i to Henry m. The normal reliance of the medieval king on his prelates was here turned into a deliberate and systematic exploitation of the potential of the Church as an instrument of government. These rulers used bishops and abbots, whom they appointed, as a counterweight to a turbulent and unreliable lay nobility. Many historians… 

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