Wahrnehmungen der Germania bei Bonifatius
Author: Gerald Krutzler
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
Category: Christian saint
View: 4005Glaubte man früher aus knappen Nachrichten zu kultischen und sozialen Phänomenen in frühmittelalterlichen Quellen ein germanisches Heidentum rekonstruieren zu können, hielt man später alles für die Wiedergabe klassischer Heidentopoi. Dieses Buch überprüft anhand von Quellen aus Zeit und Umfeld des Bonifatius den Realitätsgehalt derartiger Informationen für die Germania im 8. Jahrhundert und füllt die verwendeten römischen Spezialtermini mit ihren zeitgenössischen Inhalten. Außerdem werden Verbindungen der bei Bonifatius genannten Phänomene mit zeitgenössischen kirchlichen Diskursen aufgezeigt.
From Late Antiquity to the Early Middle Ages
Author: Frans Theuws,Janet Laughland Nelson
View: 223513 papers by 16 leading archaeologists and historians of late antiquity and the early middle ages break new ground in their discussion, analysis and criticism of present interpretations of early medieval rituals and their material correlates. Some deal with rituals relating to death, life cycles and the circulation in other contexts of objects otherwise used in the burial ritual. Others are concerned with the symbolism and ideology of royal power, the formation of a political ideology east of the Rhine from the mid-5th century onwards, and penance rituals in relation to Carolingian episcopal discourse on ecclesiastical power and morale. All deal with the creation of new identities, cultures, norms and values, and their expression in new rituals and ideas from the period of the Great Migrations through the Later Roman Empire down to the society of Beowulf and the later Carolingians.
Author: Jamie Kreiner
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
View: 2385This book charts the influence of Christian ideas about social responsibility on the legal, fiscal and operational policies of the Merovingian government, which consistently depended upon the collaboration of kings and elites to succeed, and it shows how a set of stories transformed the political playing field in early medieval Gaul. Contemporary thinkers encouraged this development by writing political arguments in the form of hagiography, more to redefine the rules and resources of elite culture than to promote saints' cults. Jamie Kreiner explores how hagiographers were able to do this effectively, by layering their arguments with different rhetorical and cognitive strategies while keeping the surface narratives entertaining. The result was a subtle and captivating literature that gives us new ways of thinking about how ideas and institutions can change, and how the vibrancy of Merovingian culture inspired subsequent Carolingian developments.
An Ethnographic Perspective
Author: Ian Wood
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
View: 8295The Alamans were early victims of post-Roman expansion of the Frankish empire; studies consider both races from historical, archaeological and linguistic perspectives.(3-6c)
The Relationship Between Late Antique and Early Medieval Peoples and Kingdoms in the Transformation of the Roman World
Author: Hans-Werner Goetz,Jörg Jarnut,Walter Pohl
Category: Social Science
View: 7076This book is the first comprehensive and comparative study of the difficult relationship between ethnic identities and political organisation in the post-Roman and early medieval kingdoms. 16 authors (historians, archaeologists and linguists) deal with ten important kingdoms of this period and with its political and legal context.
Book One of the Carolingian Chronicles
Author: J. Boyce Gleason
View: 7923It is 741. After subduing the pagan religions in the east, halting the march of Islam in the west, and conquering the continent for the Merovingian kings, mayor of the palace Charles the Hammer has one final ambition—the throne. Only one thing stands in his way—he is dying. Charles cobbles together a plan to divide the kingdom among his three sons, betroth his daughter to a Lombard prince to secure his southern border, and keep the Church unified behind them through his friend Bishop Boniface. Despite his best efforts, the only thing to reign after Charles’s death is chaos. His daughter has no intention of marrying anyone, let alone a Lombard prince. His two eldest sons question the rights of their younger pagan stepbrother, and the Church demands a steep price for their support. Son battles son, Christianity battles paganism, and Charles’s daughter flees his court for an enemy’s love. Based on a true story, Anvil of God is a whirlwind of love, honor, sacrifice, and betrayal that follows a bereaved family’s relentless quest for power and destiny.
Facts and Fictions of the Dark Ages
Author: Guy Halsall
Publisher: OUP Oxford
View: 7450King Arthur is probably the most famous and certainly the most legendary medieval king. From the early ninth century through the middle ages, to the Arthurian romances of Victorian times, the tales of this legendary figure have blossomed and multiplied. And in more recent times, there has been a continuous stream of books claiming to have discovered the 'facts' about, or to unlock the secret or truth behind, the 'once and future king'. Broadly speaking, there are two Arthurs. On the one hand is the traditional 'historical' Arthur, waging a doomed struggle to save Roman civilization against the relentless Anglo-Saxon tide during the darkest years of the Dark Ages. On the other is the Arthur of myth and legend - accompanied by a host of equally legendary people, places, and stories: Lancelot, Guinevere, Galahad and Gawain, Merlin, Excalibur, the Lady in the Lake, the Sword in the Stone, Camelot, the Round Table. The big problem with all this is that 'King Arthur' might well never have existed. And if he did exist, it is next to impossible to say anything at all about him. As this challenging new look at the Arthur legend makes clear, all books claiming to reveal 'the truth' behind King Arthur can safely be ignored. Not only the 'red herrings' in the abundant pseudo-historical accounts, even the 'historical' Arthur is largely a figment of the imagination: the evidence that we have - whether written or archaeological - is simply incapable of telling us anything detailed about the Britain in which he is supposed to have lived, fought, and died. The truth, as Guy Halsall reveals in this fascinating investigation, is both radically different - and also a good deal more intriguing.
Author: Scott Fitzgerald Johnson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
View: 4904The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity offers an innovative overview of a period (c. 300-700 CE) that has become increasingly central to scholarly debates over the history of western and Middle Eastern civilizations. This volume covers such pivotal events as the fall of Rome, the rise of Christianity, the origins of Islam, and the early formation of Byzantium and the European Middle Ages. These events are set in the context of widespread literary, artistic, cultural, and religious change during the period. The geographical scope of this Handbook is unparalleled among comparable surveys of Late Antiquity; Arabia, Egypt, Central Asia, and the Balkans all receive dedicated treatments, while the scope extends to the western kingdoms, and North Africa in the West. Furthermore, from economic theory and slavery to Greek and Latin poetry, Syriac and Coptic literature, sites of religious devotion, and many others, this Handbook covers a wide range of topics that will appeal to scholars from a diverse array of disciplines. The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity engages the perennially valuable questions about the end of the ancient world and the beginning of the medieval, while providing a much-needed touchstone for the study of Late Antiquity itself.
Studies in Medieval History
Author: Stephen Morillo,Diane Korngiebel
Publisher: Boydell Press
View: 1236Fruits of the most recent research on the worlds of the eleventh and twelfth centuries are presented in this collection. It features several articles on textual criticism with important revisions to controversial texts and their readings, as well as pieces on cultural history, an investigation into monetary history, and analyses of the legal and political mechanisms of conquest. Contributors: MARTIN AURELL, NICHOLAS PAUL, ROBERT F. BERKHOFER III, STEFAN JURASINSKI, JULIE KERR, KIMM STARR-REID, TARA GALE, JOHN LANGDON, NATALIE LEISHMAN, ALAN M. STAHL, KENNETH PENNINGTON
Author: Ulrich Nonn
Publisher: Kohlhammer Verlag
View: 9015Die Franken, erstmals von römischen Schriftstellern so bezeichnet, waren zunächst kein einheitliches Volk, sondern entstanden am Ende des 3. Jahrhunderts aus verschiedenen germanischen Kleinstämmen, die zwischen Rhein, Weser und Ijsselmeer siedelten. Auf der Basis historischer Quellen und archäologischer Zeugnisse wird dieser Prozess der Stammeswerdung der Franken nachgezeichnet, um anschließend ihr wechselhaftes Verhältnis zu den Römern - zwischen Konfrontation, Kooperation und Integration - zu verfolgen. Nach dem Ende des weströmischen Reiches gelang es den Franken unter ihrem König Childerich (+482), ihre Herrschaft in Nordgallien auszubauen und damit die Grundlage für ihren weiteren Aufstieg unter Chlodwig (+511) und seinen Nachfolgern zum fränkischen Großreich zu legen. Das Buch bietet einen quellennahen, fundierten Überblick über die Geschichte der frühen Franken.
The Archaeology of Cultural Identity AD 400-650
Author: Anthea Harris
Publisher: Tempus Pub Limited
View: 8326The legacy of the late Roman western empire laid the foundations for relationships that developed and continued during the 5th to 7th century. Harris considers the role and influence of the Byzantine east in the west, following the fragmentation of the Roman Empire, to be both significant and purposeful. In this book, she discusses aspects of political diplomacy, trade and exchange, the role of the church, and the influence of the east as seen in royal tombs, textiles, and gold coins.