The Carolingians: A Family Who Forged Europe

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Jan 1, 1993 - History - 398 pages
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Pierre Riché traces the emergence of Europe from the seventh to the early eleventh century, the period that witnessed the rise, fall, and revival of the Carolinian Empire. It was during this time the first contours of a broad new civilization and the first visible signs of European unity are discernable.

Until the seventh century Europe was simply a geographic term; as Isidore of Seville defined it, Europe was "the space that extended from the river Don to Spain and the Atlantic." By the ninth century, however, Europe had gradually acquired a collective being with a shared identity. The political, cultural, and spiritual activity of laymen and churchmen had fostered the creation of a common European fold, which stretched from the Atlantic to the Vistula, and the plains of the middle Danube.

The transformation was due in large part to the Carolinians, their relations, and their allies, who together became the masters of Gaul and then much of the West. Riché traces the destiny of the Carolingians and the parallel history of Europe, stressing the roles of the leaders who imposed themselves by force, diplomacy, and culture.

  

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A valuable reference. One of the few very readable yet scholarly books on early French history written in English. Read full review

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A valuable reference. One of the few very readable yet scholarly books on early French history written in English. Read full review

Contents

THE BEGINNINGS OF THE CAROLINGIAN DYNASTY
13
THE PRJNCIPATE OF PIPPIN II 687714
27
Charles and His Methods of Action
36
The End of the Reign of Charles Mattel
49
THE REIGN OF PIPPIN THE GREAT
65
The Prestige of Pippin III
78
THE FEATURES AND CIRCUMSTANCES
85
Germany
100
The Kingdoms of Middle Gaul
226
The German Kingdom
228
TERRITORIAL ORGANIZATION IN THE FIRST HALF
239
The Carolingian Restoration in Western Francia
246
THE CAROLINGIAN RESTORATION 936 TO THE CLOSE
255
The Restoration of the Empire
267
A Crossroads of Ottomans and Carolingians
274
THE CAROLINGIAN CHURCH
285

THE EMPEROR CHARLEMAGNE
117
Obstacles to the Unity of the Empire
130
THE GOAL
145
The Revolt of 830
152
THE PARTITION OF 843
160
THE EMPIRE DISBANDED 843869
170
The Kings in Their Kingdoms
178
CHARLES THE BALD THE LAST GREAT CAROLINGIAN
197
THE END OF THE IMPERIAL IDEAL 877888
211
The Expansion of Christendom
298
THE CAROLINGIANS AND THE RENEWAL OF WESTERN
312
The Successors of the Carolingians
322
Kings and Books
335
The Heirs of the Carolingian Kings
350
Genealogical Tables
366
Index
381
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Pierre Riche is Professor Emeritus of Medieval History at the University of Paris X (Nanterre) and Former Director of the Center for Research in Late Antiquity and the High Middle Ages. He is the author of Daily Life in the World of Charlemagne, also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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