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The Carolingian Renaissance and the Idea of Kingship (Routledge Revivals)

1st Edition

By Walter Ullmann


206 pages

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In his Birkbeck Lectures, first published in 1969, Professor Ullmann throws new light on a familiar subject. He shows that the Carolingian renaissance had a wider and deeper meaning than has often been thought, especially in its political and ideological aspects. Displaying his mastery of both primary and secondary sources, Professor Ullmann presents an integrated history. He shows an epoch which holds a key to the better understanding not only of the subsequent medieval centuries, but also of modern Europe. This book opened new vistas in political, ideological and social history as well as in historical theology and jurisprudence and showed how relevant knowledge of the past is for the understanding of the present.

Table of Contents

1. The Renaissance of Society 2. The Instruments of the Renaissance Lecture 3. Ecclesiology and Carolingian Rulership 4. The Rebirth of the Ruler 5. The King’s Stunted Sovereignty 6. The Renaissance of Europe: East and West 7. The Carolingian Bequest

About the Series

Routledge Revivals: Walter Ullmann on Medieval Political Theory

Celebrated Austrian-Jewish scholar Walter Ullmann (1910-1983) was a leading authority in the field of medieval political thought, and in particular legal theory. He settled in the United Kingdom after leaving Austria in the late 1930s and went on to hold positions at the University of Leeds and Trinity College, Cambridge as Professor of Medieval History.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Medieval
POLITICAL SCIENCE / History & Theory