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The Prince and His Names in the 12th Century (A Philological Approach to Medieval Political History)

Dynastic life in medieval Europe was subject to a complex network ofnorms, rules, and prohibitions. Some of these were recorded in writing,although, as a rule, with a signiÞcant delay, when the rules themselveswere about to fall out of use. Others, despite remaining unwritten, regu-lated many aspects of everyday dynastic life, which repeatedly conÞrmedtheir existence. This refers not only to ceremonial and dynastic etiquette,but also to a kind of family predestination compelling various dynastymembers and their immediate circle to take on certain roles and behave incertain ways and not others.