Early medieval Europe 300-1000
A broad history of early medieval Europe from 300 to 1000, this book covers such themes as the age of Constantine, the Battle of Adrianpole, the Lombard achievement and monks and missionaries.
Print Book, English, 1991
Macmillan, Basingstoke, 1991
xxix, 453 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
9780333368244, 9780333368251, 033336824X, 0333368258
Problem solving emperors - a dynamic age 235-285, the reign of Diocletian 285-305; the age of Constantine - imperials rivals 305-312, the emperor and his new religion, Constantine's heirs 324-350; frontier wars and civil wars 350-395 - imperial defence 350-361, reactionary rebel - the emperor Juaian 361-363, internal conflicts 363-395; the battle of Adrianople and the sack of Rome - the coming of the Huns, the Visigoths and the Empire 376-395; Stilicho or Honorius? - the conflict of two strategies 395-410; a divided city - the Christian Church 300-460 - Christianity and the empire, the primacy of Peter, the rise of monasticism; the disappearance of an army - shrinking the Western Empire 410-454, an age of military dictators 455-480, the fall of Rome; the new kingdoms - war lords and kings, Theoderic and the Ostrogothic kingdom in Italy, Clovis; the twilight of the West 518-568 - prelude - Constantinople and Rome, Justinian I and Africa 527-533, the Italian wars 535-553; Constantinople, Persia and the Arabs - the Roman empire and Iran, Islam and the Arab conquests; decadent and do-nothing kings - Visigothic Spain c.589-711, Merovingian Gaul c.511-687; the re-making of Britain - entrepreneurial rulers 410-597, Christian kingdoms 597-685; the Mercian hegemony 633-874; the Lombard achievement C 540-712, the acquisition of Italy 540-572; dukes and kings 572-584, the kingdom of the Lombards 584-712; the sundering of East and West - survivals of cultural unity, iconoclasm - divisions in the East, Rome between Constantinople and Francia; monks and missionaries - western monasticism, the making of the Irish church, spreading the word; towards a new Western Empire 714-800 - Charles "The Hammer", Pippin "The Short", Charles "The Great"; the new Constantine - the meaning of empire, the mechanics of government, the ideological programme; the dissension of kings - chroniclers in an age of war, the reign of Louis the Pious 814-840, kings and emperors in the West 840-911; the desolation of the pagans - traders and raiders, the Vikings and Francia, the Vikings and the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, conversion and expansion; towards the millennium - Italy and Germany 875-961, the heirs of Rome - East and West 961-1002, Renaissance and nostalgia.