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This third edition of a classic textbook history of early medieval Europe is fully updated, rebalanced and revised to take account of the latest scholarship. Collins provides even greater treatment of the period 500-1000 and expands the geographical coverage of the book. Maps also feature in this new edition.
ROGER COLLINS is Honorary Fellow in History at the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Table of Contents
|List of maps and genealogical tables||p. x|
|Chronology of main events, 238-1000||p. xi|
|Preface to the first edition||p. xxii|
|Preface to the second edition||p. xxv|
|Preface to the third edition||p. xxvi|
|Crisis and change in the Roman Empire, 235-305||p. 1|
|Turbulent times, 235-85||p. 1|
|The reforms of Diocletian, 285-305||p. 8|
|The age of Constantine, 305-50||p. 16|
|The emperor and his rivals, 305-12||p. 16|
|Constantine and Christianity||p. 18|
|Conflict and succession, 324-50||p. 25|
|Protecting the Empire, 350-95||p. 31|
|Frontier defence, 350-61||p. 31|
|Julian the Reactionary, 361-3||p. 36|
|Civil wars, 363-95||p. 41|
|From the battle of Adrianople to the sack of Rome, 378-410||p. 47|
|'The coming of the Hunus'||p. 47|
|The Goths and the Empire, 376-95||p. 51|
|Stilicho or Honorius? Alternative strategies, 395-410||p. 54|
|A divided city: the Christian Church, 300-460||p. 61|
|Conflicts in Church and state||p. 61|
|Authority is given to Peter||p. 67|
|The warlords||p. 79|
|Gual or Africa? 410-54||p. 79|
|The end of the Western Expire, 455-80||p. 85|
|The fall of Rome?||p. 94|
|The new kingdoms||p. 99|
|Roman generals and barbarian kings||p. 99|
|The Gothic kingdom in Italy||p. 103|
|Clovis and the Franks||p. 109|
|The twilight of the West, 518-68||p. 114|
|Prelude in Constantinople and Rome||p. 114|
|Justinian I and Africa, 527-33||p. 118|
|The Italian reconquest, 535-53||p. 127|
|Constantinople, Persia and the Arabs||p. 133|
|Rome's eastern neighbours||p. 133|
|Islam and the Arab conquests||p. 141|
|Decadent and do-nothing kings, 511-711||p. 151|
|The Gothic kingdom in Spain, c. 589-711||p. 151|
|Gual and the Merovingians, c. 511-687||p. 160|
|From Britain to the kingdoms of the Angles, 410-874||p. 173|
|A 'dark age', 410-597||p. 173|
|New Christian kingdoms, 598-685||p. 179|
|The Mercian hegemony,633-874||p. 188|
|The Lombards in Italy, c. 540-72||p. 198|
|Conquering Italy, 540-72||p. 198|
|Dukes and kings, 572-84||p. 203|
|The kingdom of the Lombards, 584-712||p. 209|
|The parting of East and West||p. 220|
|An end to cultural unity||p. 220|
|The role of Iconoclasm||p. 225|
|Rome between Constantinople and Francia||p. 230|
|Monks and missionaries||p. 236|
|The growth of western monasticism||p. 237|
|The Irish Church||p. 241|
|Spreading the word||p. 250|
|Francia revived, 714-68||p. 263|
|Charles 'the Hammer' and the recovery of Francia, 714-41||p. 263|
|Regaining the periphery: Pippin 'the Short', 741-68||p. 272|
|Charlemagne, 768-814||p. 280|
|The route to the imperial throne, 768-800||p. 280|
|The meaning of Empire, 800-14||p. 292|
|The Carolingian regime||p. 300|
|The apparatus of government||p. 300|
|The ideological programme||p. 307|
|Chroniclers of a warlike society||p. 314|
|'The dissension of kings', 814-911||p. 318|
|Louis the Pious, 814-40||p. 318|
|Kings and emperors in the West, 840-911||p. 330|
|'The desolation of the pagans'||p. 344|
|Raiders and traders||p. 344|
|The Vikings and Francia||p. 351|
|The Vikings and the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms||p. 359|
|Conversion and expansion||p. 366|
|The western frontiers of Christendom: Spain, 711-1037||p. 371|
|The Christians of al-Andalus||p. 371|
|The kingdoms of northern Spain, c. 718-910||p. 376|
|The kingdoms of Leó and the county of Castille, 910-1037||p. 385|
|The Empire revived, 875-1002||p. 394|
|Italy, 875-961||p. 394|
|Germany: the kingdom and the duchies, 911-62||p. 399|
|The eastwards expansion of Europe||p. 414|
|Emperor and pope||p. 424|
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