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Europe after Rome: A New Cultural History 500-1000

Julia M.H. Smith


This book offers an integrated appraisal of the early Middle Ages as a dynamic and formative period in European history. It makes use of original sources to introduce early medieval men and women at all levels of society from slave to emperor, and allows them to speak in their own words. It overturns traditional narratives and instead offers a fresh approach to the centuries from AD500 to AD1000. Rejecting any notion of a dominant, uniform early medieval culture, it argues that the fundamental characteristic of the early middle ages is diversity of experience. To explain how the men and women ... More

Keywords: Middle Ages, Europe, slavery, empire, diversity, regional variation, power, legacy of Rome, papal monarchy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780192892638
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192892638.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julia M.H. Smith, author
Professor in Medieval History, University of Glasgow