Synopses & Reviews
This book offers a fascinating account of Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire through to the end of the tenth century. In its wide-ranging coverage of the period, it takes into account social, economic and political changes as well as the important cultural changes, including the rise of Islam and the recreation of a western empire under the Cardingians.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 501-513) and index.
About the Author
is Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
Table of Contents
Chronology of Main Events, 238-1000 * Introduction * Problem-Solving Emperors * The Age of Constantine * Frontier Wars and Civil Wars * The Battle of Adrianople and the Sack of Rome * A Divided City: The Christian Church, 300-460 * The Disappearance of an Army * The New Kingdoms * The Twilight of the West, 518-568 * Constantinople, Persia and the Arabs * Decadent and Do-Nothing Kings * The Remaking of Britain * The Lombard Achievement, c.540-712 * The Sundering of East and West * Monks and Missionaries * Towards a New Western Empire, 714-800 * The New Constantine * Frontier Societies: Christian Spain, 711-1037 * "The Dissension of Kings" * "The Desolation of the Pagans" * The Ottonian Age * Index