Roman Barbarians The Royal Court and Culture in the Early Medieval West

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-01-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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This study investigates the place of the royal court and the operation of patronage through it in several European kingdoms in the early Middle Ages. It seeks to identify the roots of later medieval developments, and especially of the so-called Carolingian Renaissance, in the centuries immediately succeeding the period of Roman rule. For it was in that formative period that Roman and Christian ideas and practices came to be mingled with indigenous Germanic practices, to produce the seeds of what we now call "the medieval civilization".

Author Biography

Yitzhak Hen is a Lecturer in History at the University of Haifa

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Series of Unfortunate Events
Adaptation: The Ostrogothic Court of Theoderic the Great
Out of Africa: The Vandal Court of Thrasamund
Before and After: The Frankish Court of Chlothar II and Dagobert I
Music of the Heart: The Unusual Case of King Sisebut
Postcards from the Edges: A Prelude to the Carolingian Renaissance
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