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The Franks

Books on the Merovingian period (ca. 400-750) in Medieval History
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Age of Charlemagne (Men at Arms, 150)
by David Nicolle, Martin Windrow
Listed under Charlemagne

The Age of Charles Martel
by Paul Fouracre

Before France and Germany: The Creation and Transformation of the Merovingian World
by Patrick J. Geary
Book Description In this innovative new study, Patrick Geary rejects traditional conceptions of European history to present the Merovingian period (ca. 400-750) as an integral part of Late Antiquity. Mapping the complex interactions of a volatile era, he formulates an original interpretation not only of Merovingian history but of the Romano-barbarian world, tracing the Romanization of barbarians and the barbarization of the Romans which ultimately made these populations indistinguishable.
Paperback: 259 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.53 x 7.93 x 5.29
Publisher: Oxford University Press; (February 1988)
ISBN: 0195044584

Charlemagne and France: A Thousand Years of Mythology
by Robert J. Morrissey

The Carolingian Empire
by Heinrich Fichtenau, Peter Munz (Translator)
Listed under Charlemagne

Creating Community With Food and Drink in Merovingian Gaul
by Bonnie Effros
Book Description Feasting and fasting rituals were a central facet of social interaction in early medieval Gaul. With the adoption of Christianity in the third and fourth centuries in cosmopolitan centers and in the fifth and sixth centuries in rural communities, clerics faced the challenge of guiding recent converts with little understanding of Christianity beyond the rudimentary catechism necessary for baptism. While priests condemned blatantly pagan celebrations, they could not eliminate the powerful networks sustained by food and drink rituals. Accommodation of existing rites did not, however, represent pagan survivals. Using contemporary saints' lives, canonical legislation, penitentials, theological tracts, monastic Rules and cemeterial remains, Bonnie Effros presents five essays addressing the ways in which clerical authors portrayed rites involving food and drink in their attempts to define membership in religious communities, strengthen their relationships with the laity, highlight gender differences, bring about the healing of the sick and maintain ties to deceased ancestors.
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; (November 30, )

Caring for Body and Soul: Burial and the Afterlife in the Merovingian World
by Bonnie Effros
Book Description: The relationship between the living and the dead was especially significant in defining community identity and spiritual belief in the early medieval world. Peter Brown has called it the "joining of Heaven and Earth." For clerics and laypersons alike, funerals and burial sites were important means for establishing or extending power over rival families and monasteries and commemorating ancestors. In Caring for Body and Soul, Bonnie Effros reveals the social significance of burial rites in early medieval Europe during the time of the Merovingian, or so-called "Long-Haired" Kings from 500 to 800 C.E.
Hardcover: 255 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.97 x 8.46 x 6.30
Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (Txt); (September )
ISBN: 0271021969

Culture and Religion in Merovingian Gaul A.D. 481-751
by Yitzhak Hen
Book Description: Although often depicted as a barbaric and uncivilised society, in the full pejorative meaning of these words, Merovingian Gaul was clearly a Christian society and a direct continuation of the Roman civilisation in terms of social standards, morals and culture. Using insights provided by social history, archaeology, palaeography and anthropology, this book studies the problem of Christianisation in early Medieval Gaul from a cultural point of view. While exploiting a huge range of primary and secondary material, Dr. Hen does not confine himself to a functional analysis of various cultural and religious activities in Merovingian Gaul, but goes on to assess the consequences and implications of such activities for the people themselves, and for the subsequent developments in the Carolingian period.
Hardcover: 308 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 9.75 x 6.75
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers;
ISBN: 9004103473

Dreams, Visions, and Spiritual Authority in Merovingian Gaul
by Isabel Moreira
Book Description: In early medieval Europe, dreams and visions were believed to reveal divine information about Christian life and the hereafter. No consensus existed, however, as to whether all Christians, or only a spiritual elite, were entitled to have a relationship of this sort with the supernatural. Drawing on a rich variety of sources--histories, hagiographies, ascetic literature, and records of dreams at saints' shrines--Isabel Moreira provides insight into a society struggling to understand and negotiate its religious visions.
Hardcover: 288 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.89 x 9.51 x 6.32
Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr; (June 29, )
ISBN: 0801436613

The Frankish Church
by J. M. Wallace-Hadrill
Synopsis This survey of the development of the Frankish Church under the Merovingian and Carolingian kings (approximately AD 500 - 900) is the first of its kind to appear in English. It is not a story of unimpeded advance towards the Church of medieval France but rather of painful adaptation. It takes account of unsolved problems: the reaction of the Church to heresy, to Judaism, to the Frankish ethos of marriage, and to the conversion of peoples outside Francia itself. Special attention is paid to the intellectual interests of churchmen and to the role of the vernacular in transmitting the Christian message to clergy and laity whose Latin was negligible or nil. Much turned on the authority of a succession of rulers who combined deep piety with material needs that were inimical to the Church's position as a great landowner. The advance of the Church was thus hesitant and often baulked. What emerges is the churchmen's increasing resolve to unite against the pressures of lay domination, and to press forward with their basic duties as converters and teachers.
Hardcover: 624 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.39 x 9.30 x 6.22
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr; (November )
ISBN: 0198269064

The Frankish Kings and Culture in the Early Middle Ages
by Rosamond McKitterick
Hardcover: 313 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 9.25 x 6.25
Publisher: Variorum;
ISBN: 0860784584

The Frankish Kingdoms Under the Carolingians, 751-987
by Rosamond McKitterick
Listed under Charlemagne

A History of Pagan Europe
by Prudence Jones, Nigel Pennick (Contributor)
Listed under Medieval History

The Medieval Fortress: Castles, Forts and Walled Cities of the Middle Ages
by Joseph Kaufmann, et al
Listed under Castles & Fortresses

The History of the Franks
by Gregory of Tours
Viking Press; Reprint edition (April 1983)

Gregory of Tours: History and Society in the Sixth Century
by Martin Heinzelmann (Author), Christopher Carroll (Translator)
Book Description For 1400 years Gregory's Histories--the principal work of Merovingian history--have been understood as a "history of the Franks" and as an objective portrayal of history, albeit told by a naive narrator. This completely new interpretation of the Histories reveals connections between apparently unconnected, adjacent chapters, and also begins to make out their real function. Gregory (538-594) can be seen as focusing on the development of a socio-political concept of society, which anticipates the leadership of the Christian state entrusted to the joint government of bishops and king.

Merovingian Mortuary Archaeology and the Making of the Early Middle Ages
by Bonnie Effros
from University of California Press

The Merovingian Kingdoms, 450-751
by Ian Wood
Addison-Wesley Pub Co; (April )

Long-Haired Kings and Other Studies in Frankish History
by J. M. Wallace-Hadrill
Paperback: 261 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 9.25 x 6.25
Publisher: Univ of Toronto Pr; (June 1982)
ISBN: 0802065007

The Song of Roland
translated by W. S. Merwin

The World of Gregory of Tours
by Kathleen Mitchell and Ian Wood (Editors)
Brill Academic Publishers;

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