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The Merovingian Kingdoms 450 - 751 - Ian Wood

The Merovingian Kingdoms 450 - 751

By: Ian Wood

Paperback Published: 29th November 1993
ISBN: 9780582493728
Number Of Pages: 408

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A comprehensive scholarly survey of the Merovingian dynasty's 300-year rule of the Frankish,kingdom they founded in France, Belgium, the Rhineland and Switzerland. The kingdom was the largest, the most powerful and longest-enduring of all Imperial Rome's western successors, yet the Merovingians themselves have been harshly treared by posterity (largely because of the hostility of the Carolingian dynasty that usurped and succeeeded them). Ian Wood rescues them from the shadows of obscurity and contempt in this major contribution to early medieval historiography: he brings to life one of the most fomative yet least understood periods of Western European History. Period reassessed entirely from original sources: major scholarly undertaking that should become the standard study of the subject for the next generation of scholars Covers all aspects of the Merovingian period, and considers their influence not just on their own territories but also on Europe more widely, reassessing their cultural importance to the sixth and seventh centuries. Re-evaluates Merovingian history in the light on contemporary opinion, as far as that can be recovered, away from the hostile historiography of their Carolingian successors. A recurrent motif throughout the book is the central role played by their formidable womenfolk, foremost among them the rival queens and matriarchus, Fredegund and Brunhild.

'xxx; the most detailed account of the Merovingian kingdoms available in any language, and the most exciting xxx; this book should be required reading for anyone interested in the early Middle Ages, whether archaeologist or historian.' British Archaeological News

List of abbreviations
Preface
Introduction: Constructing Merovingian History
The Barbarians in Gaul
Literary continuity anddiscontinuity: Late-fifth-and-sixth-century culture
The establishment of Merovingian power: the Franks before 537
Kings and kingdoms: the structure of the realm in the 6th century
The limites of ecclesiastical power: Episocopal jurisdiction and politics
Stability in disunity: the civil wars of the 6th century
Laws and law-codes: Merovingian legislation
Royal women: Fredegund,
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ISBN: 9780582493728
ISBN-10: 0582493722
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 408
Published: 29th November 1993
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.7  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1