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- DescriptionAt its height, the Carolingian empire spanned a million square kilometres of western Europe - from the English Channel to central Italy and rthern Spain, and from the Atlantic to the fringes of modern Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. As the largest political unit for centuries, the empire dominated the region and left an enduring legacy for European culture. This comprehensive survey traces this great empire's history, from its origins around 700, with the rise to dominance of the Carolingian dynasty, through its expansion by ruthless military conquest and political maeuvring in the eighth century, to the struggle to hold the empire together in the ninth. It places the complex political narrative in context, giving equal consideration to vital themes such as beliefs, peasant society, aristocratic culture and the ecomy. Accessibly written and authoritative, this book offers distinctive perspectives on a formative period in European history.
- Author BiographyMarios Costambeys is Senior Lecturer in the School of History at the University of Liverpool. His previous publications include Power and Patronage in Early Medieval Italy: Local Society, Italian Politics and the Abbey of Farfa, c.700-900 (Cambridge University Press, 2007). Matthew Innes is Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London. His previous publications include State and Society in the Early Middle Ages: The Middle Rhine Valley, 400-1000 (Cambridge University Press, 2000). Simon MacLean is Senior Lecturer in the School of History at the University of St Andrews. His previous publications include Kingship and Politics in the Late Ninth Century: Charles the Fat and the End of the Carolingian Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2003).
- Author(s)Marios Costambeys,Matthew Innes,Simon MacLean
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication12/05/2011
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleCambridge Medieval Textbooks
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note22 b/w illus. 19 maps 2 tables
- Weight820 g
- Width138 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine28 mm
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