Carolingian World

ISBN-10: 0521564948
ISBN-13: 9780521564946
Edition: 2011
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Description: The Carolingian World is a comprehensive and innovative introduction to the history of western and central Europe from 687 to 888 AD. Addressing the broad themes that define the history of early medieval Europe - politics and government, the Church,  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 5/12/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

The Carolingian World is a comprehensive and innovative introduction to the history of western and central Europe from 687 to 888 AD. Addressing the broad themes that define the history of early medieval Europe - politics and government, the Church, culture, trade and communications, rural and elite society - the book places political narrative in a social context, presenting a wider account of political and social change in Europe than any comparable textbook. The broad periodisation and geographical span of this study, built around the concept of the 'long eighth century' and incorporating the British Isles, northern Spain and Italian peninsular, allows the authors to stress the unity of the period between the seventh and tenth centuries and to throw new light on old debates such as Viking activity and Byzantine influence. Incorporating the most up-to-date historical research, this book represents essential reading for all students of the history of early medieval Europe.

Matthew Innes is Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London.

Marios Costambeys is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Liverpool.

List of illustrations
List of maps
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
The Carolingian family (simplified)
The children and grandchildren of Charlemagne
Introduction
The dawn of the Carolingian age
Was there a Carolingian world?
The sources for the Carolingian world
The creation of Carolingian kingship to 800
Replacing the ruling dynasty
The Merovingian world and Carolingian origins
Charles Martel and the extension of Carolingian power
Securing Carolingian hegemony: Pippin III
Charlemagne as king
Belief and culture
The problem of Christianisation
The problem of sin
Christian leadership and learning
Inventing the Carolingian empire: politics and government, 800-840
Introduction
The imperial coronation
Governing the empire
Dynastic politics, c.806-827
Kingship and 'subkingship'
Revolt and recovery: dynastic politics 827-840
Villages and villagers, land and landowners
Introduction: interpreting Carolingian society
Villages
Landowning and landowners
Community and mobility
Landlords and manors
The problem of economic growth
The powerful and the poor: social conflict in the Carolingian countryside
Conclusion: community and conflict
Elite society
Introduction
Aristocratic identity: vocabulary, appearance and lifestyle
Aristocratic behaviour: upbringing, morality and culture
Aristocratic families
Aristocratic resources and relationships: honores, benefices and lordship
Exchange and trade: the Carolingian economy
Introduction: interpreting the Carolingian economy
Mechanisms of exchange
The North Sea economy
The transformation of the emporia: the ninth century
The Vikings and the Frankish economy
Italy and the Mediterranean economy
Conclusion: was there a Carolingian economy?
Sustaining the Carolingian empire: politics and government, 840-888
Introduction: fraternal rivalry, 840-843
Fraternal love, 843-877
Government and resources
The end of the empire, 877-888
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index

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