The Visigoths from the Migration Period to the Seventh Century: An Ethnographic Perspective

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Peter Heather
Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2003 - History - 563 pages
Between 376 and 476 the Roman Empire in western Europe was dismantled by aggressive outsiders, "barbarians" as the Romans labelled them. Chief among these were the Visigoths, a new force of previously separate Gothic and other groups from south-west France, initially settled by the Romans but subsequently, from the middle of the fifth century, achieving total independence from the failing Roman Empire, and extending their power from the Loire to the Straits of Gibraltar. These studies draw on literary and archaeological evidence to address important questions thrown up by the history of the Visigoths and of the kingdom they generated: the historical processes which led to their initial creation; the emergence of the Visigothic kingdom in the fifth century; and the government, society, culture and economy of the "mature" kingdom of the sixth and seventh centuries. A valuable feature of the collection, reflecting the switch of the centre of the Visigothic kingdom from France to Spain from the beginning of the sixth century, is the inclusion, in English, of current Spanish scholarship. Dr PETER HEATHER teaches in the Department of History at University College London. Contributors: Dennis H. Green, Peter Heather, Ana Jimenez Garnica, Giorgio Ausenda, Ian Nicholas Wood, Isabel Velazquez, Felix Retamero, Pablo C. Diaz, Mayke de Jong, Gisela Ripoll Lopez, Andreas Schwarcz
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION P Heather
11
Discussion
66
SETTLEMENT OF THE VISIGOTHS IN THE FIFTH CENTURY
93
KINSHIP AND MARRIAGE AMONG THE VISIGOTHS G Ausenda
129
History of kinship theories Genealogies
169
JURAL RELATIONS AS AN INDICATOR OF SYNCRETISM FROM THE LAW
225
TOWNS MERCHANTS BISHOPS AND KINGS IN VISIGOTHIC
271
HISPANIA F Retamero 271
298
Discussion
356
JULIAN OF TOLEDO AND HIS HISTORIA WAMBAE
373
good and bad ritual Purity and danger Public
387
SYMBOLIC LIFE AND SIGNS OF IDENTITY IN VISIGOTHIC TIMES
403
subject Signs of identity or differentiating factors Personal adornments as signs ofidentity
431
CULT AND RELIGION AMONG THE TERVINGI AND THE VISIGOTHS AND THEIR
447
means of the exercise of power About the chronology of the laws About the order
492
Location of Visigoths in space and time Dwellings and settlements Kinship and marriage
524

Discussion
305
VISIGOTHIC POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS P C Díaz
321
early political structures Toulouse the shadow of the Roman Empire
335

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