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Introduction to Early Medieval Western Europe, 300–900

The Sword, the Plough and the Book

By Matthew Innes, Matthew Innes

© 2007 – Routledge

568 pages | 32 B/W Illus.

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'Matthew Innes' new survey fills a nagging void for teachers of early medieval history …' - John McCulloh, Kansas State University.

"Innes has done early medieval scholarship a great service. By surveying and synthesising recent research covering such a long period, his book will help others to connect the dots and draw conclusions of their own… This is a very important book… an excellent resource for teachers and students." - Warren C. Brown, English Historical Review

Surveying the period of European history, 300–900 AD, this comprehensive and stimulating textbook is the first to present the last twenty-five years of research in an accessible manner for undergraduate students. It is unique in combining an account of the historical background of the period with discussion of the social, economic, cultural and political structures of the societies within it.

Introduction to Early Medieval Western Europe, 300–900 includes:

  • chapter summaries and chronologies
  • key topic essays discussing archaeological or documentary evidence
  • maps plus supporting illustrations from archaeological and historical finds
  • bibliographical essays which discuss available sources and further reading, introducing teachers and students to specialist literature
  • a comprehensive index.

Key topics discussed are:

  • why the Roman Empire broke down so irrevocably in Western Europe
  • how it came to be replaced by radically different political systems
  • why the city-based state structure of antiquity was replaced
  • how and why the division between civilians and the military broke down
  • the conversion of Western Europe to Christianity and the establishment of the church as the central social institution
  • what made Western Europe's experience so distinctive in this period.

Reviews

'Matthew Innes' new survey fills a nagging void for teachers of early medieval history … He engages in a dialogue with the sources and literature and with his audience as well … leading students to an appreciation of current views and competing scholarly interpretations … The bibliographical essays are a superb introduction to the literature of the field, invaluable to introductory and advanced students as well as seasoned professionals.' - John McCulloh, Kansas State University.

"Innes has done early medieval scholarship a great service. By surveying and synthesising recent research covering such a long period, his book will help others to connect the dots and draw conclusions of their own… This is a very important book… an excellent resource for teachers and students." - Warren C. Brown, English Historical Review

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements. Introduction: Rome, the Barbarians and the Fate of Western Europe 1. A New Roman Order: State, Church and Society in the Late Empire 2. Barbarians, the Roman Frontier and the Crisis of the Western Empire 3. The Fifth Century West and the 'Fall of Rome' 4. The Western Mediterranean in the Age of 'Reconquest' 5. Arabs, Avars and Amphoras: Causes and Consequences of Imperial Collapse 6. Hispania and Italy: Contrasting Communities 7. Gaul and Germany: The Merovingian World 8. Britain and Ireland: Kings and Peoples 9. 'The Invincible Race of the Franks': Conquest, Christianisation and Carolingian Kingship 10.'Peace, Unity and Concord Among the Christian People': Carolingian Order and its Architects 11. Paradoxes of Empire: Western Europe in the Ninth Century. Epilogue. Index

About the Authors

Matthew Innes is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has published widely on the social, political and cultural history of early medieval Europe. His book State and Society in the Early Middle Ages won the Royal Historical Society's Gladstone Historical Book Prize in 2000 and his research was recognized by the award of a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2004.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
HIS010020
HISTORY / Europe / Western
HIS037010
HISTORY / Medieval