Franks and Alamanni in the Merovingian Period: An Ethnographic Perspective

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The Franks were the most successful of all the barbarian peoples in establishing a kingdom in the aftermath of the collapse of the West Roman Empire; among their victims were their immediate neighbours, the Alamans, who were engulfed in the course of Frankish expansion. This volume considers the Franks and Alamans from a series of perspectives, historical, archaeological, and linguistic. The origins of both peoples are explored, as are the settlement patterns of the Alamans, the urban, social, and legal history ...

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Overview

The Franks were the most successful of all the barbarian peoples in establishing a kingdom in the aftermath of the collapse of the West Roman Empire; among their victims were their immediate neighbours, the Alamans, who were engulfed in the course of Frankish expansion. This volume considers the Franks and Alamans from a series of perspectives, historical, archaeological, and linguistic. The origins of both peoples are explored, as are the settlement patterns of the Alamans, the urban, social, and legal history of the Franks (together with Frankish involvement in missions to the east of the Rhine), the role played by the Franks in the development of early medieval incest legislation, and the evidence of Frankish treasure.IAN WOOD is Professor of Early Medieval History at the University of Leeds. Contributors: H.J. HUMMER, F. DAMMINGER, M. DE JONG, GUY HALSALL, F. SIEGMUND, IAN WOOD, S.T. LOSEBY, P.J. FOURACRE, M. HARDT, D.H. GREEN, G. AUSENDA.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781843830351
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
  • Publication date: 11/20/2003
  • Series: Studies in Historical Archaeoethnology , #3
  • Pages: 498
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 1
Franks and Alamanni: A Discontinuous Ethnogenesis 9
Dwellings, Settlements and Settlement Patterns in Merovingian Southwest Germany and Adjacent Areas 33
An Unresolved Riddle: Early Medieval Incest Legislation 107
Social Identities and Social Relationships in Early Merovingian Gaul 141
Social Structure and Relations 177
Jural Relations among the Franks and Alamanni 213
Gregory's Cities: Urban Functions in Sixth-Century Gaul 239
The Nature of Frankish Political Institutions in the Seventh Century 285
Silverware in Early Medieval Gift Exchange: Imitatio Imperii and Objects of Memory 317
The Influence of the Christian Franks on the Christian Vocabulary of Germany 343
Current Issues and Future Directions in the Study of Franks and Alamanni in the Merovingian Period 371
Index 455
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