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1st Edition

Mohammed and Charlemagne

ISBN 9780415440936
Published December 25, 2007 by Routledge
294 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This posthumous work of the renowned scholar Henri Pirenne (originally published in 1939) offered a new and decisive explanation of the evolution of Europe from the time of Constantine to that of Charlemagne. His revolutionary ideas overthrew many of the most cherished conceptions concerning the Middle Ages: namely that "the Germanic invasions destroyed neither the Mediterranean unity of the ancient world, nor the essential features of Roman culture" and that "the cause of the break with the tradition of antiquity was the advance of Islam…"

Table of Contents

The Continuation of the Mediterranean Civilization in the West after the Germanic Invasions

The Economic and Social Situation after the Invasions and the Mediterranean Navigation

Intellectual Life After the Invasions

The Expanison of Islam in the Mediterranean Basin

The Carolingian Coup d'Etat and the Volte-Face of the Papacy

The Beginnings of the Middle Ages





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Henri Pirenne


"The wealth of proof and illustration with which Pirenne develops his positions is amazing." The Spectator