The Inheritance of Rome: A History of Europe from 400 to 1000

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Viking, 2009 - History - 650 pages
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An ambitious and enlightening look at why the so-called Dark Ages were anything but that

Prizewinning historian Chris Wickham defies the conventional view of the Dark Ages in European history with a work of remarkable scope and rigorous yet accessible scholarship. Drawing on a wealth of new material and featuring a thoughtful synthesis of historical and archaeological approaches, Wickham argues that these centuries were critical in the formulation of European identity. Far from being a middle period between more significant epochs, this age has much to tell us in its own right about the progress of culture and the development of political thought.

Sweeping in its breadth, Wickham's incisive history focuses on a world still profoundly shaped by Rome, which encompassed the remarkable Byzantine, Carolingian, and Ottonian empires, and peoples ranging from Goths, Franks, and Vandals to Arabs, Anglo- Saxons, and Vikings. Digging deep into each culture, Wickham constructs a vivid portrait of a vast and varied world stretching from Ireland to Constantinople, the Baltic to the Mediterranean. The Inheritance of Rome brilliantly presents a fresh understanding of the crucible in which Europe would ultimately be created.

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Review: The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages, 400-1000 (Penguin History of Europe #2)

User Review  - Luke - Goodreads

I read this book after reading Chris Wickham's Framing the Early Middle Ages. This book, while lacking the level of detail in Framing the Early Middle Ages, is more effective at describing both the ... Read full review

Review: The Inheritance of Rome: Illuminating the Dark Ages, 400-1000 (Penguin History of Europe #2)

User Review  - Arthur Kyriazis - Goodreads

This is a surprisingly excellent book as I would highly recommend it to everyone Read full review

About the author (2009)

Chris Wickham is Chichele Professor of Medieval History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of All Souls College. His book Framing the Middle Ages won the Wolfson Prize, the Deutscher Memorial Prize, and the James Henry Breasted Prize of the American Historical Association.

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