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Before France and Germany: The Creation and Transformation of the Merovingian World

Before France and Germany The Creation and Transformation of the Merovingian World From the twilight of the Roman Empire emerged the kingdoms of Merovingian Europe c AD which were in turn the basis for the nations of medieval and modern Europe Professor Geary draws on th

  • Title: Before France and Germany: The Creation and Transformation of the Merovingian World
  • Author: Patrick J. Geary
  • ISBN: 9780195044584
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Paperback
  • From the twilight of the Roman Empire emerged the kingdoms of Merovingian Europe c 400 700 AD , which were, in turn, the basis for the nations of medieval and modern Europe Professor Geary draws on the latest archaeological and historical findings to elucidate one of the least understood periods of European history This text is aimed at both survey and graduate coursesFrom the twilight of the Roman Empire emerged the kingdoms of Merovingian Europe c 400 700 AD , which were, in turn, the basis for the nations of medieval and modern Europe Professor Geary draws on the latest archaeological and historical findings to elucidate one of the least understood periods of European history This text is aimed at both survey and graduate courses on medieval history, which invariably take the Merovingian period as their starting point.

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    1. One of my biggest problems with the study of European History is the assumption that all culture, thought, and society ended when Romulus Augustulus was removed from the throne of the Western Roman Empire. For centuries writers and historians acted as if the world ceased to exist for about 300-hundred years until Charlemagne resurected it in 800. Professor Geary attempts to correct much of that thought in this book. A medievalist himself, he ties the culture of the Middle Ages, (think knight in [...]

    2. The book is a survey based primarily on primary sources of classical and translated works since Geary states that his mission was to address the issue of a huge lack of material available for an English speaking audience.The main scope of the book is Merovingian Gaul which spanned 481-751, but the first half of the book just covers the Roman Empire beginning at the end of the 5th century. The first Merovingian King Clovis does not get mentioned until Chapter 3 (77). There are extensive bibliogra [...]

    3. Geary manages to pack an awful lot into this small book. He does his best to make what is a very confusing period of history clear to non-specialists. But I think confusion is inevitable to some extent. A historian of the period is dealing with geographic groups, tribal groups, family groups, linguistic groups, etc. And people from many of these groups migrate and mix with other groups. Then, the non-specialist is dealing with endless place and regional names that often don't correspond to any p [...]

    4. This book is about the Franks during (and before) the Merovingian years – AKA that overlooked period between Rome and Charlemagne. This book seeks to understand the Franks of this period, how they evolved, how they operated – and why this period is so often overlooked. One key conclusion on that last point: they don’t quite fit our notions of how kingdoms should work. The Carolingian dynasty had stronger kings. Rome had its emperors. Here, the kings were often supposed to reign, but not ru [...]

    5. A fascinating look at how the withdrawal of the Roman Empire from Europe affected tribal societies. Interesting information on Roman legions, provincial towns, tribal commanders, commodities, feuds, religion--many angles that feed a story about the establishment of the Merovingian Dynasty. Rich with the detail of an academic study but concise enough for the average history buff to get into.

    6. I liked it, mainly because a) it was well-written, and b) I didn't know a lot about the subject matter. It was a little hard to keep track of who was who with the unfamiliar names, and I wish more time would have been spent on how the development of Germany and France differed from pre-Charlemagne times. Overall, a good read for a layperson.

    7. Great for those interested in taking the next step in learning European history. Most general history books skip over the Merovingians except for Clovis because it is very complicated and many of the names are similar. You don't have to remember all the details to get the general gist. Interesting things were going on even though it was complicated.

    8. Great academical book. Published by Oxford University Press, that should say it all. I like the way it presents the developing of the French and German nations, by the permanent wars and conflicts between various Germanic, Slavic, Indo-European and other types of tribes. Good reading for the brave European nationalists! :P

    9. Liked it. Great sentence cadences to read aloud. Many unfamiliar names and places. Very different view of life at the edge of the Roman empire

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