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Late Merovingian France
This collection of documents in translation brings together the seminal sources for the late Merovingian Frankish kingdom. It inteprets the chronicles and saint's lives rigorously to reveal new insights into the nature and significance of sanctity, power and power relationships. The book makes available a range of 7th- and early 8th-century texts, five of which have never ...more
Paperback, 397 pages
Published April 15th 1996 by Manchester University Press
(first published January 1st 1996)
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This book was a lot of fun, if you happen to be me or someone like me. It's a collection of mostly 7th century works, annals and chronicles and saint's lives, things like that. Primary sources. The premise of the book is that most of what we think we know about the Merovingians comes from what their successors, the Carolingians, wrote about them. So what did they say about themselves? Does the Carolingian story hold up? Were the Merovingians decadent and useless, well to be replaced, or is that ...more