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Peaceful Kings: Peace, Power and the Early Medieval Political Imagination

Paul Kershaw


In Rome on Christmas Day 800 Charlemagne, the Frankish king, was acclaimed ‘most August, crowned by God, great and peacemaking emperor’. This event transformed the nature of his rule, marked the re‐emergence of the ideas of empire in the early medieval West, and changed the history of western monarchy. But why was Charlemagne acclaimed as a peacemaking emperor? How had peace come to be seen as a central component of western European rulership? Drawing upon a wealth of contemporary sources, this study explores the image of peaceful rulership in western Europe from the earliest phase of post‐Rom ... More

Keywords: peace, biblical imagery, late antiquity, political ideas, cultural history, Charlemagne, Anglo-Saxon, Middle Ages, political thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780198208709
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208709.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Kershaw, author
Associate Professor of History, University of Virginia
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