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Rainald of Dassel (c. – 14 August ) was Archbishop of Cologne and Archchancellor Though Rainald did not wish to separate Germany entirely from Rome and still held the medieval respect for the of the magi · Medieval genealogies: Rainald von Dassel (in German); Literature by and about Rainald of Dassel. (German Edition) [Fritz Manfred Geppert] on urasgenri.tk des Rainalds von Dassel im Dunstkreis des Hofs von Konig und Kaiser Friedrich I. Barbarossa.
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Moritz at Hildesheim. Soon after he was also provost of the cathedral chapter at Munster but declined the See of Hildesheim. As a member of the embassy sent by Frederick I in to Eugenius III at Rome he first revealed his political ability, and in the emperor appointed him chancellor of the empire.
The Diet of Besancon October, left no doubt as to the drift of his policy. He inaugurated a German policy which insisted upon the rights and the power of the German kings, the strengthening of the Church in the German Empire, the lordship of Italy, and the humiliation of the papacy.
Full of life, at times rough and blunt and again careful and calculating, Rainald, who, in spite of his ecclesiastical dignities, knew how to wield the sword, henceforth influenced the policy of his imperial masters. Though he did not wish to separate Germany entirely from Rome and still held the medieval respect for the Church, his temperament carried Barbarossa much further than the latter desired, or then was advantageous under the circumstances. When Frederick finally submitted, it was Rainald who prevented him from making concessions which might have proved of advantage.
The struggle with the curia began at the Diet of Besancon, where Rainald vigorously rejected the use of the word beneficium , which might mean fief as well as benefit. In the expression used, that the pope would have been glad to grant the emperor even greater beneficia or benefits , it was thought that the old desire of the curia for the mastery of the world was to be found.
In Rainald undertook a diplomatic journey into Italy to prepare the way for the emperor. In he was the ambassador of the emperor to the courts of the French and English kings, whom he endeavoured to win to the side of the antipope, but he did not succeed.
The support of the lay princes, conversely, was fitful and sporadic. Even at critical moments they could not be counted on, unless they individually agreed to serve or to send their much-needed contingents for a season.
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