This book is not a conventional political narrative of Carolingian history shaped by narrative sources, capitularies, and charter material. It is structured, instead, by numismatic, diplomatic, liturgical, and iconographic sources and deals with political signs, images, and fixed formulas in them as interconnected elements in a symbolic language that was used in the indirect negotiation and maintenance of Carolingian authority. Building on the comprehensive analysis of royal liturgy, intitulature, iconography, and graphic signs and responding to recent interpretations of early medieval politics, this book offers a fresh view of Carolingian political culture and of corresponding roles that royal/imperial courts, larger monasteries, and human agents played there.
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The Symbolic Language of Authority in the Carolingian World (c.751-877)
Laury Sarti, Freie Universität Berlin
In Perceiving War and the Military, Laury Sarti highlights the significance of a permanently increasing contact with armed violence for the gradual transition from Antiquity to the Middle Ages, analysing contemporary ideas and concepts of war and the military.
Jamie Wood, University of Manchester
This book reappraises the historical writings of the seventh-century Spanish bishop Isidore of Seville as a coherent and pastorally-informed programme intended to reconcile the population of Spain to their recent conquest by the barbarian Visigoths.
Edited by Peter Sarris, Matthew Dal Santo and Phil Booth
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Wolfgang Eric Wagner
The aim of this study is to give a more precise interpretation, using the commemorative form of activity of confraternity, of the function and purpose behind such depictions, in the case of a few selected early medieval images of rulers, from the historical and social contexts of their genesis ...
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Anna Trumbore Jones
This book examines the range of bishops’ activities in tenth- and eleventh-century southwest France, as they ruled their cathedrals, interacted with lay powers, patronized religious communities, and wrestled with the complex nature of their office.
Edited by David M. Gwynn
This volume offers a reassessment of the life and scholarship of A.H.M. Jones and of the impact and legacy of his great work The Later Roman Empire 284–602: A Social, Economic, and Administrative Survey (1964).
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