Charlemagne: Empire and Society

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The age of Charlemagne was a crucible for change in the history of Europe, bridging the divide between the medieval and the classical worlds and setting the political and cultural tone for centuries to come. This book focuses directly on the reign of Charlemagne, bringing together a wide range of approaches and sources from fifteen of the top scholars of early medieval Europe. The contributors have taken a number of original approaches to the subject, from the fields of archaeology and numismatics to ...
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Overview

The age of Charlemagne was a crucible for change in the history of Europe, bridging the divide between the medieval and the classical worlds and setting the political and cultural tone for centuries to come. This book focuses directly on the reign of Charlemagne, bringing together a wide range of approaches and sources from fifteen of the top scholars of early medieval Europe. The contributors have taken a number of original approaches to the subject, from the fields of archaeology and numismatics to deftly-written essays on key historical texts. The essays are embedded in the scholarship of recent decades but also offer insights into new areas and new approaches for research.
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"There is not a weak essay in this volume—the standard of scholarship is high and current. Teachers and students will profit from this book, to be sure, but they will also enjoy it."—Thomas Noble, University of Notre Dame
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719070891
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 6/4/2005
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanna Story is Lecturer in Early Medieval History at the University of Leicester.

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Table of Contents

Introduction—Joanna Story
• The long shadow of the Merovingians—Paul Fouracre
• Charlemagne the Man—Janet L. Nelson
• Einhard's Charlemagne: the characterization of greatness—David Ganz
• Charlemagne's imperial coronation and the Annals of Lorsch—Roger Collins
• What was Charlemagne's government?—Matthew Innes
• The Captains and the Kings: the aristocracy in Charlemagne's reign—Stuart Airlie
• Charlemagne's Church—Mayke de Jong
• Three 'Men of God' in Charlemagne's service: Alcuin, Hildebald, Arno—Donald Bullough
• The Carolingian renaissance of culture and learning—Rosamond McKitterick
• Charlemagne and the renewal of Rome—Neil Christie
• Charlemagne and the world beyond the Rhine—Timothy Reuter
• Charlemagne and the Anglo-Saxons—Joanna Story
• Charlemagne's coinage: ideology and economy—Simon Coupland
• Rural settlement hierarchy in the age of Charlemagne—Christopher Loveluck
• Urban developments in the age of Charlemagne—Frans Verhaeghe

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