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Framing the Early Middle Ages: Europe and the Mediterranean, 400—800

Chris Wickham


The Roman empire tends to be seen as a whole whereas the early middle ages tends to be seen as a collection of regional histories, roughly corresponding to the land-areas of modern nation states. As a result, early medieval history is much more fragmented. In recent decades, the rise of early medieval archaeology has also transformed our source-base, but this has not been adequately integrated into analyses of documentary history in almost any country. This book integrates documentary and archaeological evidence together, and provides a history of the period 400—800, by means of systematic com ... More

Keywords: documentary evidence, archaeological evidence, socio-economic themes, state finance, aristocracy, estate management, peasant society, rural settlement, cities, exchange

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199264490
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264490.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chris Wickham, author
Chichele Professor of Medieval History, Oxford University