Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Daily Life in the World of Charlemagne” as Want to Read:
Daily Life in the World of Charlemagne
In the growth of towns and the revival of commerce, historians have seen the development of a bourgeois and capitalist Europe, but Pierre Riche reminds us that Carolingians saw a world of forest and wasteland, in which scattered castles and villages were outposts against the savagery of nature, bands of outlaws, and a myriad of pagan superstitions. "Daily Life in the World ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 1988 by University of Pennsylvania Press
(first published 1973)
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
(showing 1-30 of 132)
Daily Life in the World of Charlemagne provides a comprehensive picture of the early Carolingian kingdom. My interests lie primarily with the Merovingian kingdom. Despite this book's primary function of painting a picture of life during the Carolingian times, it also provides clues on life during the Merovingian kingdom. Whereas most Merovingian sources focus solely on the kings and royal court, this book focuses on all aspects of life outside the palaces. One of the main differences between the ...more
Interesting enough -- Riche assumes that you will recognize the names Pepin, Charlemagne, Louis the Pious, Charles the Bald, Alcuin, etc. but, if you have a little bit of prior knowledge, the book is a goldmine of specific cultural, religious, and social details, bringing the Frankish world to life.