Light in the Dark Ages: The Rise and Fall of San Vincenzo al Volturno

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Beginning in 1981, Richard Hodges supervised the excavation of the Benedictine monastery of San Vincenzo al Volturno, one of the great centers of Dark Age Europe, situated in spectacular mountain country in central Italy. The existence of the monastery has long been known from a twelfth-century illuminated manuscript, and the excavations threw vivid light on its epic history. This richly illustrated book tells of the discoveries made by Hodges's team, with the Samnite and Roman origins of the site charted in ...

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Beginning in 1981, Richard Hodges supervised the excavation of the Benedictine monastery of San Vincenzo al Volturno, one of the great centers of Dark Age Europe, situated in spectacular mountain country in central Italy. The existence of the monastery has long been known from a twelfth-century illuminated manuscript, and the excavations threw vivid light on its epic history. This richly illustrated book tells of the discoveries made by Hodges's team, with the Samnite and Roman origins of the site charted in detail and the magnificence of the monastery's early medieval period fully elaborated. Light in the Dark Ages traces the history of San Vincenzo from the monastery's spectacular rise as a result of Charlemagne's patronage to its cataclysmic sack by Arab marauders in 881, demonstrating the relation between the treasures unearthed and their political context.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780801434167
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Series: 6/30/2008
  • Pages: 231
  • Product dimensions: 6.43 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Illustrations
Chronology
1 Rewriting History 1
2 The San Vincenzo Chronicles 23
3 Samnium? San Vincenzo Before the Monastery 42
4 The Makings of a Medieval Monastery 62
5 Abbot Joshua's City 77
6 San Vincenzo at its Zenith 118
7 The Sack of San Vincenzo, 10 October 881 144
8 After the Arabs 154
9 In the Shadow of San Vincenzo 176
10 San Vincenzo and its European Context 201
Further Reading 223
Index 225
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