From Roman Provinces to Medieval Kingdoms

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This prestigious collection of essays by leading scholars provides a thorough reassessment of the medieval era which questions how, when and why the Middle Ages began, and how abruptly the shift from the Roman Empire to Barbarian Europe happened.

Presenting the most current work including newly-available material such as translations of French and German essays, From Roman Provinces to Medieval Kingdoms gathers the key thinkers in the field ...

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Overview

This prestigious collection of essays by leading scholars provides a thorough reassessment of the medieval era which questions how, when and why the Middle Ages began, and how abruptly the shift from the Roman Empire to Barbarian Europe happened.

Presenting the most current work including newly-available material such as translations of French and German essays, From Roman Provinces to Medieval Kingdoms gathers the key thinkers in the field together in one easy-to-use volume.

Examining a wealth of material on the origins of the Barbarian people and their tribes, Thomas F.X. Noble studies the characteristics of the tribes and debates whether they were blood-tied clans or units bound by social, political and economic objectives.

Highly readable and student friendly, From Roman Provinces to Medieval Kingdoms includes a general introduction, clear prologues to each section and makes the key debates of the subject accessible to students.

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'Noble's editorial interventions provide welcome assistance... Moreover, each essay, and each section of the book, is introduced succinctly by Noble, often with a set of questions that are designed to prompt critical reading... I have no doubt that the book will prove immensely useful... an excellent resource... [This book has] great value and broad appeal: anyone with a serious interest in how modern scholars engage with their past will learn much from Noble's superlative collection.' - Classics Ireland

'an excellent introductioon... this collection is to be commended.' - Journal of Medieval Archaeology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415327411
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Series: Rewriting Histories Series
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas F. X. Noble is Director of the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He is co-author of Western Civilization: The Continuing Experiment (2004) and author of The Republic of St. Peter: The Birth of the Papal State, 680-825 (1998).

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Table of Contents

Introduction : Romans, barbarians, and the transformation of the Roman Empire 1
1 The crisis of European identity 33
2 Gothic history as historical ethnography 43
3 Origo et religio : ethnic traditions and literature in early medieval texts 70
4 Does the distant past impinge on the invasion age Germans? 91
5 Defining the Franks : Frankish origins in early medieval historiography 110
6 Telling the difference : signs of ethnic identity 120
7 Gender and ethnicity in the early Middle Ages 168
8 Grave goods and the ritual expression of identity 189
9 The barbarians in late antiquity and how they were accommodated in the West 235
10 Archaeologists and migrations : a problem of attitude? 262
11 Movers and shakers : the barbarians and the fall of Rome 277
12 Foedera and foederati of the fourth century 292
13 Cities, taxes, and the accommodation of the barbarians 309
14 The two faces of King Childeric : history, archaeology, historiography 327
15 Frankish victory celebrations 345
16 Administration, law, and culture in Merovingian Gaul 358
17 'Pax et disciplina' : Roman public law and the Merovingian state 376
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