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From Roman Provinces to Medieval Kingdoms : Rewriting Histories - Professor Thomas F. X. Noble

From Roman Provinces to Medieval Kingdoms

Rewriting Histories

Paperback Published: 1st March 2006
ISBN: 9780415327428
Number Of Pages: 432

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In 300 C.E. the Roman Empire stretched from Britain to Mesopotamia, from the North Sea to the Sahara Desert. A mere three hundred years later the Roman imperial structure was gone, replaced by a series of barbarian kingdoms that became the basis of Europe's eventual medieval and modern states. In this anthology Thomas F.X. Noble presents a collection of key articles, written by leading scholars over the last twenty years, that examine how and why the dominance of the Roman Empire ended and how new forms of government and society were established.
Since the Renaissance, historians have tended to understand the events of the period in terms of a dramatic "decline and fall" of Rome. However, these revisionist essays provide an overview of how contemporary historians have furthered the debate, reassessing how abruptly the shift from Roman Empire to barbarian Europe occurred, and the origins and causes of the development of the Middle Ages and the new order. Rome played a key role in guiding this transformation and these essays also include a wealth of material on the characteristics and experiences of the barbarian tribes, the relationships they forged with the Romans and how far their new kingdoms were influenced by Rome.
With an accessible and informative introduction, and thorough editorial material accompanying each section, " From Roman Provinces to" "Medieval Kingdoms "is highly readable and informative compilation of current work and recent perspectives, making complex debates accessible to students and exposing them to the key debates surrounding the study of the era.

'Noble's editorial interventions provide welcome assistance... Moreover, each essay, and each section of the book, is introduced succinctly by Noble, often with a set of questions that are designed to prompt critical reading... I have no doubt that the book will prove immensely useful... an excellent resource... [This book has] great value and broad appeal: anyone with a serious interest in how modern scholars engage with their past will learn much from Noble's superlative collection.' - Classics Ireland

'an excellent introductioon... this collection is to be commended.' - Journal of Medieval Archaeology

List of mapsp. viii
List of figuresp. ix
Contributorsp. x
Series editor's prefacep. xiv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Mapsp. xix
A chronology of Romans and barbarians in Late Antiquityp. xxiii
Introduction: Romans, barbarians, and the transformation of the Roman Empirep. 1
Barbarian ethnicity and identityp. 29
The crisis of European identityp. 33
Gothic history as historical ethnographyp. 43
Origo et religio: ethnic traditions and literature in early medieval textsp. 70
Does the distant past impinge on the invasion age Germans?p. 91
Defining the Franks: Frankish origins in early medieval historiographyp. 110
Telling the difference: signs of ethnic identityp. 120
Gender and ethnicity in the early middle agesp. 168
Grave goods and the ritual expression of identityp. 189
Accommodating the Barbariansp. 233
The barbarians in late antiquity and how they were accommodated in the Westp. 235
Archaeologists and migrations: a problem of attitude?p. 262
Movers and shakers: the barbarians and the fall of Romep. 277
Foedera and foederati of the fourth centuryp. 292
Cities, taxes, and the accommodation of the barbariansp. 309
Barbarians and Romans in Merovingian Gaulp. 325
The two faces of King Childeric: history, archaeology, historiographyp. 327
Frankish victory celebrationsp. 345
Administration, law, and culture in Merovingian Gaulp. 358
'Pax et disciplina': Roman public law and the Merovingian statep. 376
Indexp. 389
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ISBN: 9780415327428
ISBN-10: 0415327423
Series: Rewriting Histories
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 1st March 2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 2.39
Weight (kg): 0.66
Edition Number: 1