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Early Medieval Europe 300-1050

The Birth of Western Society

By David Rollason

Routledge – 2012 – 416 pages

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Description

The centuries following the collapse of the Roman Empire saw extraordinary change across Western Europe - in institutions, social structure, rural and urban life, religion, learning, scholarship and art. This innovative textbook provides students coming to the study of Early Medieval Europe for the first time with the conceptual and methodological tools to investigate the period for themselves. It identifies major research questions and historiographical debates and offers guidance on how to engage with and evaluate the major documentary sources and the evidence of art history and archaeology.

Ideally structured to support courses and classes in Medieval European history, the book's features include:

  • Over 50 carefully selected maps and illustrations accompanied by explanatory commentary
  • Detailed guidance on further reading with research questions to aid understanding
  • Timelines and maps to orientate the reader in each chapter
  • An extensive companion website providing practical study guidance, reference materials and access to further primary sources

Offering a road map to the rich written and non-written sources for this period, and the exciting recent scholarship, this book is an essential guide for any student wishing to gain a deeper level of understanding and greater confidence in creative and independent historical thought.

Contents

Part I: Introduction 1.Why study this period? Part II: The End of the Roman Empire in the West 2. From Roman Empire to Barbarian Kingdoms: Cataclysm or Transition? 3.The Making of Peoples: Invasions or Identity-Change? Part III: The Rise of European Kingship 4. The Rise of European States 5. The Barbarian Roots of Kingship 6. Kings and Emperors 7. The Christian Shaping of Kingship 8. The Mechanisms of Power Part IV: The Economic Foundation 9. The Nature of Exchange: Trade, Plunder and Gift Giving 10. Cultivating the Land: The Basis of European Society 11. The Origins of European Towns and Town Life Part V: Christianity and the Role of the Church 12. The Processes of Conversion to Christianity 13. Popes and Bishops: The Most Powerful Men in Europe 14. Monks and Monastries: Power in this Life or after it? Part VI: Conclusion 15. The Birth of Western Society?

Author Bio

David Rollasonhas been successively Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Professor in Medieval History at Durham University since 1977. His research has included the cult of saints in Anglo-Saxon England, twelfth-century historical writing, the Kingdom of Northumbria, the enormous medieval list of names known as the Durham Liber Vitae, and – currently – the power of place in medieval kingship.

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