The Merovingian Kingdoms 450 - 751 [NOOK Book]

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Of all Rome's western successors, the Frankish kingdom that emerged in France, Belgium, the Rhineland and Switzerland was the longest lasting and most powerful; yet the Merovingians, who ruled it for nearly 300 years (481-751), have been harshly treated by posterity. This is partly through the hostility of the Carolingians who usurped and succeeded them, and partly because of a family history that was lurid and bloody even by contemporary standards. Ian Wood rescues them from the shadows of obscurity and contempt...

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The Merovingian Kingdoms 450 - 751

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Overview

Of all Rome's western successors, the Frankish kingdom that emerged in France, Belgium, the Rhineland and Switzerland was the longest lasting and most powerful; yet the Merovingians, who ruled it for nearly 300 years (481-751), have been harshly treated by posterity. This is partly through the hostility of the Carolingians who usurped and succeeded them, and partly because of a family history that was lurid and bloody even by contemporary standards. Ian Wood rescues them from the shadows of obscurity and contempt in this superb survey which will be required reading for all early medievalists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781317871156
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/23/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 457,246
  • File size: 8 MB

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Preface
Introduction: Constructing Merovingian History1
1The Barbarians in Gaul5
The coming of the barbarians5
The Visigoths6
The Burgundians8
The settlement of the barbarians10
Imperial weakness13
The last emperors14
The creation of the Visigothic kingdom16
2Literary Continuity and Discontinuity: Late-Fifth- and Sixth-Century Culture20
Sidonius Apollinaris and the last days of the Empire21
Asceticism and culture in the fifth and sixth centuries22
Letter-writing in the sixth century24
Gregory of Tours and the decline of culture28
3The Establishment of Merovingian Power: the Franks before 53733
The Trojan legend of the Franks33
The early Franks35
The long-haired kings36
Childeric I38
Clovis41
Theuderic, the Danes and the Thuringians50
The end of the Burgundian kingdom and the Auvergne campaign51
4Kings and Kingdoms: the Structure of the Realm in the Sixth Century55
The divisions of the kingdom55
Merovingian succession58
The government of the Teilreiche60
Royal resources64
Royal ideology66
5The Limits of Ecclesiastical Power: Episcopal Jurisdiction and Politics71
Diocesan organization71
The Christian community72
Bishops and saint cults73
Episcopal jurisdiction75
Episcopal elections77
Bishops and local society: the Auvergne79
Theodore of Marseilles84
Gregory and Tours86
6Stability in Disunity: the Civil Wars of the Sixth Century88
Family politics 511-61389
The causes of war91
The Gundovald affair93
Gundovald and the opposition to Childebert II96
Kings and magnates99
Politics in Aquitaine100
7Laws and Law-Codes: Merovingian Legislation102
Childebert II102
Merovingian legislation104
Lex Salica108
Revisions and ratifications of Lex Salica113
The Pactus Legis Salicae and the west Frankish kingdom114
The laws of the three kingdoms115
Lex Ribvaria and the Laws of the Alamans and Bavarians115
Legislation and the aristocracy117
8Royal Women: Fredegund, Brunhild and Radegund120
Merovingian princesses120
Merovingian queens121
Fredegund123
Royal widows124
Brunhild126
Holy retirement: Radegund136
9Redefining the Kingdom: Chlothar II, Dagobert I, Sigibert III and Clovis II140
The emergence of Chlothar II140
Burgundy and Austrasia144
Royal politics, 622-30146
Desiderius of Cahors and the Merovingian court149
The court in action152
Chlothar II, Dagobert I and the Church154
Sigibert III and Clovis II155
10The Merovingians and their Neighbours159
Brittany159
Frisia and the lands to the east of the Rhine160
Italy164
The Visigoths169
Gascony175
The English176
11The Place of the Monasteries: Politics and the Religious Life, 613-64181
The development of a monastic tradition181
Royal monasteries183
'Columbanian' monasticism184
Fursey, Foilan and the Pippinids189
The impact of Luxeuil: evangelization and reform191
Monasticism and the royal court in the seventeenth century192
Piety, theology and politics: the Vita Columbani194
Balthild and monastic immunity197
12Land, Wealth and the Economy203
Charters and immunities
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