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The Early Middle Ages: Europe 400-1000
The Early Middle Ages (400-1000) was one of the most dynamic and crucial periods in the formation of Europe. It covers the transition from the relatively diverse world of Roman Empire in late antiquity to the disparate world of early medieval Europe--where local differences assumed far greater significance, but where the institution of Latin Christianity lent coherence to ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published June 14th 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published 2001)
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An uneven collection of chapters by different specialists that are intended to add up to a short but through overview of (western) Europe in the early middle ages, or 400 - 1000. Originally published in 2000 the book covers a period that has been much addressed in longer tomes by single authors in the years since - Chris Wickham, Framing the Early Middle Ages: Europe and the Mediterranean, 400-800 and The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages, 400-1000; Peter Heather, The Restoration o ...more
While I could understand why it was done, I don't think the kind of "clumping" method the writers use is very successful--though it did succeed in confusing me. I think the book would have been better if the areas had been separated out even if the book had to be longer. I thought the chapter on religion was the best. It stood out from the others, at least to me.
Rosamond Deborah McKitterick is one of Britain's foremost medieval historians. Since 1999, she has been Professor of Medieval History at the University of Cambridge where she is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. Much of her work focuses on the Frankish kingdoms in the 8th and 9th centuries and uses palaeographical and manuscript studies to illuminate aspects of the political, cultural, ...moreMore about Rosamond McKitterick...