Fulk Nerra, the Neo-Roman Consul 987-1040: A Political Biography of the Angevin Count

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University of California Press, Oct 1, 1993 - History - 412 pages
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This is the first comprehensive biography of Fulk Nerra, an important medieval ruler, who came to power in his teens and rose to be master in the west of the French Kingdom. Descendant of warriors and administrators who served the French kings, Fulk in turn built the state that provided a foundation for the vast Angevin empire later constructed by his descendants.

Bernard Bachrach finds the terms "constructed" and "built" more than metaphorical in relation to Fulk's career. He shows how Fulk and the Angevin counts who followed him based their long-term state building policy on Roman strategies and fortifications described by Vegetius. This creative adaptation of Roman ideas and tactics, according to Bachrach, was the key to Fulk's successful consolidation of political power. Students of medieval and military history will find here a colorful, impressively researched biography.
 

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Contents

Family Background and Childhood
1
The Struggle for Survival 987996
27
The First CapetianBlesois Axis
62
Fulk Nerras Rapprochement with King Robert II
88
The Second CapetianBlesois Axis
118
Struggle for Mastery in the West Part 1
142
Struggle for Mastery in the West Part 2
162
Master in the West
179
Summing Up
250
GENEALOGIES
261
BRIEF CHRONOLOGY
277
NOTES
281
BIBLIOGRAPHY
355
PERSONAL NAME INDEX
375
PLACE NAME INDEX
381
SUBJECT INDEX
387

The AngevinCapetian Alliance
207
The Last Years
227

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Bernard S. Bachrach is Professor of History at the University of Minnesota and fellow of the Medieval Academy of America. His previous books include Early Medieval Jewish Policy in Western Europe (1977).

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