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comment What factors contributed to the rise of national monarchies in the high middle ages?
Key word missing: I was probably being a bit polemical, in first comment.
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comment What factors contributed to the rise of national monarchies in the high middle ages?
Moreover, 'mercantile solidarity', if it existed, does not correlate with national identity or national monarchies. Take Scotland. Few, un-influential cities, but early 'national' monarchy and national identity. I'm not a fan of general histories for the very reason they have to make points that are so general as to always be wrong. Robber barons and marauding nobles are all very well ... yeah sure, it's a medieval characteristic, but I find the simplistic description very cliched, as I do the idea of a medieval class war.
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comment What factors contributed to the rise of national monarchies in the high middle ages?
Well @Andrei Albu, was probably being a bit polemical. Yes, parliaments arose first during the 13th century, but the text you quote refers to parliaments at a time when they had already been customarily dominated by 'unruly barons'. Before about 1300 parliaments across Europe were very much in an embryonic state, and I don't think you can make any general conclusions about urban attitudes towards it.
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comment What factors contributed to the rise of national monarchies in the high middle ages?
The original poster is referring to the 'high middle ages'. Parliament is a phenomenon of the later middle ages onwards. What you're describing sounds more to me like a classic, somewhat whiggish, account of urban development in the late medieval and even early modern period. I'm not familiar with Palmer and Cotton, but all that chatter about 'mauradung habits of feudal nobles' sounds more like 1066 And All That than a recent analysis of medieval society. They are painting with such broad brush strokes as to make the conclusions worthless.
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answered Who is the banished Scottish King? (before 1560)
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answered What factors contributed to the rise of national monarchies in the high middle ages?
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comment How “religious” was the average person in the Middle Ages?
My point was not to deny the role and importance of orders such as the Franciscans, nor to imply that the pre-Reformation Church 'wasn't doing it's job'. The question was 'how religious was the average person', not 'did the church care about the average person'. The answer to the first question is both 'very' and 'but not in a modern sense'. If you view medieval religion through the filter of our modern concept of individualistic 'person-centric' religion and church-going, it is never going to give you a satisfactory answer.
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comment Was the American Civil War the first to include multiple multi-day battles?
The Battle of Bannockburn (1314) lasted two days.
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comment Why did the kingdoms of Scotland and England merge?
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