The New Cambridge Medieval History, Volume 2: c.700-c.900

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Overview

This volume of The New Cambridge Medieval History covers most of the period of Frankish and Carolingian dominance in western Europe. It was one of remarkable political and cultural coherence, combined with crucial, very diverse and formative developments in every sphere of life. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the authors examine the interaction between rulers and ruled, how power and authority actually worked, and the society and culture of Europe as a whole. The volume is divided into four parts. Part I encompasses the events and political developments in the whole of the British Isles, the west and east Frankish kingdoms, Scandinavia, the Slavic and Balkan regions, Spain, Italy, and those aspects of Byzantine and Muslim history which impinged on the west between c. 700 and c. 900. Parts II, III and IV cover themes and topics concerning church and society, and cultural and intellectual developments.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This volume is an eloquent witness to the creativity and diversity of Europe's early medieval past, and to the fertility and vitality of recent and current medieval scholarship." Choice

"The appearance of The New Cambridge Medieval History is a landmark in historical publishing, and it will become the essential reference work for the latest in research of this period." Carl A. Volz

" It succeeds in making clear how much is known about the period 700 to 900 and provides innumerable clues as to what still needs to be discovered. Professor McKitterick and her collaborators have created a fitting monument to one of the great scholarly accomplishments that have occurred since the publication three quarters of a century ago of the original volumes of the CMH dealing with the early Middle Ages, namely the successful effort to illuminate and thus eliminate the last Dark Age." Richard E. Sullivan, The Catholic Historical Review

"...many of the essays are well written and of high quality." Bernard S. Bachrach, Speculum

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521362924
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Series: New Cambridge Medieval History Series , #2
  • Pages: 1114
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 2.44 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Political Development: 1. Introduction: sources and interpretation Rosamond McKitterick; 2. The British Isles a) England 700-900 Simon Keynes; The British Isles b) Ireland, Wales and Scotland, c. 700 to the early eleventh century Donnchadh O Corrain; The British Isles c) England and the Continent Rosamond McKitterick; 3. Frankish Gaul to 814 Paul Fouracre; 4. The Frankish kingdoms 814-898: the west Janet L. Nelson; The Frankish kingdoms 817-911: the east and middle kingdoms Johannes Fried; 6. Fines imperii: the marches Julia M. H. Smith; 7. The Vikings in Francia and Anglo-Saxon England to 911 Simon Coupland; 8. Scandinavia, c.700-1066 Neils Lund; 9. Slavs and Bulgars Jonathan Shepard; 10. The Muslims in Europe Hugh Kennedy; 11. Spain: the northern kingdoms and the Basques, 711-910 Roger Collins; 12. Lombard and Carolingian Italy Paolo Delogu; 13. Byzantine Italy, c. 680-c. 876 T. S. Brown; 14. Byzantium and the West Michael McCormick; Part II. Government and Institutions: 15. Kingship and royal government Janet L. Nelson; 16. The aristocracy Stuart Airlie; 17. Social and military institutions Hans-Werner Goetz; 18. Economic organization Adriaan Verhulst; 19. Rural Society in Carolingian Europe C. J. Wickham; 20. Money and coinage Mark Blackburn; Part III. Church and Society: 21. The papacy in the eighth and ninth centuries Thomas F. X. Noble; 22. The organisation, law and liturgy of the western church, 700-900 Roger E. Reynolds; 23. Carolingian monasticism: the power of prayer Mayke de Jong; 24. Religion and lay society Julia M. H. Smith; Part IV. Cultural and Intellectual Developments: 25. Eighth-century foundations Rosamond McKitterick; 26. Language and communication in Carolingian Europe Michel Banniard; 27. The Carolingian Renaissance: education and literary culture John J. Contreni; 28. Theology and the organisation of thought David Ganz; 29. Book production in the Carolingian empire and the spread of Caroline minuscule David Ganz; 30. Art and archtitecture Laurence Nees; Conclusion Rosamond McKitterick

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