Carolingian Coinage and the Vikings: Studies on Power and Trade in the 9th Century, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Carolingian Coinage and the Vikings

Studies on Power and Trade in the 9th Century, 1st Edition

By Simon Coupland


336 pages

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Hardback: 9780860789918
pub: 2006-12-28

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Historians and numismatists alike will welcome the appearance of this volume, which brings together for the first time Simon Coupland's series of highly significant articles on Carolingian coinage. The author draws out the economic and political implications of coin types and coin hoards from the reign of Charlemagne to the Edict of Pîtres in 864. This numismatic survey is complemented by a number of other studies which use the evidence of coinage and contemporary texts to consider aspects of trade and power in the ninth century, particularly the impact of the Viking raids. These include pieces on the important emporia of Dorestad and Quentovic, on the tributes paid to the Scandinavian raiders and the deals made with individual Viking leaders, and on the destination of the loot which was taken and its possible influence on the development of an indigenous Scandinavian coinage. Combining these articles from the specialist historical and numismatic publications in which they originally appeared will be of great value to students of Carolingian history, economics and politics, as well as numismatists.


’This collection, spanning twenty years of scholarship, conveniently packages together several important and influential studies with others, equally pointed but less well known, which throw light on almost one hundred years of Carolingian history, particularly the years from 768 to 864.’ English Historical Review

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Charlemagne's coinage: ideology and economy; In palatio nostro: les monnaies palatines de Charlemagne; Money and coinage under Louis the Pious; La chronologie des émissions monétaires de Louis le Pieux (814-840); The Trier Mint 822-840; A die-link between coins of Louis the Pious and Lothar I; The coinage of Lothar I (840-855); The coinages of Pippin I and II of Aquitaine; The early coinage of Charles the Bald, 840-864; L'article XI de l'Edit de Pîtres du 25 juin 864; Dorestad in the 9th century: the numismatic evidence; From poachers to gamekeepers: Scandinavian warlords and Carolingian kings; Trading places: Quentovic and Dorestad reassessed; The Frankish tribute payments to the Vikings and their consequences; Carolingian coinage and Scandinavian silver; Addenda and corrigenda; Index.

About the Author

Revd Dr Simon Coupland is an Independent Scholar.

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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