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Kings, Courtiers and Imperium : The Barbarian West, AD 565-725 - P.S. Barnwell

Kings, Courtiers and Imperium

The Barbarian West, AD 565-725

Hardcover Published: 26th June 1997
ISBN: 9780715627631
Number Of Pages: 256

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This work constitutes an appraisal of the development of kingship and royal administration in the kingdoms which, by the seventh century AD, had been established in the former Western Roman Empire. By viewing the seventh century in its own terms, and providing a detailed critique of the primary sources, the author sets out to show that kings were stronger than has often been thought, and their administration more sophisticated. A feature of his analysis is its setting of the evidence for early Anglo-Saxon England alongside that relating to the continental kingdoms. The evolution of governmental structures in a period increasingly remote from the imperial past is traced, as is the relationship of the "barbarian" kingdoms to the Byzantine Empire, and it is argued that, despite emergent differences between the kingdoms, many of their administrative institutions continued to be influenced by a common inheritence of Roman traditions.

List of Maps and Tables
Introductionp. 1
The Regnum Francorump. 5
The Sourcesp. 7
Kings and Queensp. 13
The King's Household: domestici and maiores domusp. 23
The Wider Court: comites and ducesp. 41
Visigothic Spainp. 55
The Sourcesp. 57
Kings: warriors and lawyersp. 63
The Royal Courtp. 72
Lombard Italyp. 91
The Sourcesp. 93
Kings and Queensp. 97
Provincial Administration: duces and gastaldsp. 109
The Royal Courtp. 124
Anglo-Saxon Englandp. 133
The Sourcesp. 135
Kings and Queensp. 140
Courtiers and Noblemenp. 154
England and the Continentp. 163
Conclusionp. 172
Mapsp. 178
Genealogical Tablesp. 183
Abbreviationsp. 187
Notesp. 189
Bibliographyp. 232
Glossaryp. 258
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9780715627631
ISBN-10: 0715627635
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 26th June 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 14.99  x 3.05
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1