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Conrad of Urach

Conrad of Urach  

(died 1227)A Cistercian from 1199, papal legate from 1215 and cardinal of Porto and Santa Rufina from 1219.A member of the illustrious Zähringen dynasty, to which the bishop ...
count

count  

A foreign nobleman whose rank corresponds to that of an earl; the term is recorded from late Middle English, and comes via Old French from Latin comes, comit- ‘companion, overseer, attendant’, in ...
Edda

Edda  

Either of two 13th-century Icelandic books, the Elder or Poetic Edda (a collection of Old Norse poems on Norse legends) and the Younger or Prose Edda (a handbook to Icelandic poetry by Snorri ...
feud

feud  

One of the central protections members of kin groups offered to one another in the MA, the feud was a means of resolving disputes through violence, negotiation, or a combination ...
Manfred

Manfred  

(1231–66)King of Sicily (1258–66). The illegitimate son of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II, he ruled in Italy on behalf of Conradin, his half-brother, and with support from the Saracens took the ...
Mechthild of Magdeburg

Mechthild of Magdeburg  

(c.1207–c.1282), author of a book of mystical revelations. Of noble Saxon family, she became a Beguine at Magdeburg. The various books of her visions, entitled Das fliessende Licht der Gottheit (‘The ...
Monte Sant'angelo

Monte Sant'angelo  

According to the text relating the appearance of St Michael on Monte Gargano in Apulia, doubtless written in the 9th c. and incorporating older elements, a certain Garganus, an inhabitant ...
Nibelung

Nibelung  

In Germanic mythology, a member of a Scandinavian race of dwarfs, owners of a hoard of gold and magic treasures, who were ruled by Nibelung, king of Nibelheim (land of mist). The treasure was ...
Noble, Nobility

Noble, Nobility  

Medieval societies were aristocratic societies, in which wealth, power and prestige belonged to a small elite which, in most cases, perpetuated and reproduced itself from generation to generation. It ...
Robertians

Robertians  

The man who gave his name to the family, Robert the Strong, was descended from aristocrats settled in the Rhineland; his ancestor was a relative of the empress Irmingarde, first ...
wergild

wergild  

In Germanic and Anglo-Saxon law, the price put on a man according to his rank, payable as a fine or compensation by a person guilty of homicide or certain other crimes.

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