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Merovingian Mortuary Archaeology And The Making Of The Early Middle Ages

Author: Bonnie Effros
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520928183
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Clothing, jewelry, animal remains, ceramics, coins, and weaponry are among the artifacts that have been discovered in graves in Gaul dating from the fifth to eighth century. Those who have unearthed them, from the middle ages to the present, have speculated widely on their meaning. This authoritative book makes a major contribution to the study of death and burial in late antique and early medieval society with its long overdue systematic discussion of this mortuary evidence. Tracing the history of Merovingian archaeology within its cultural and intellectual context for the first time, Effros exposes biases and prejudices that have colored previous interpretations of these burial sites and assesses what contemporary archaeology can tell us about the Frankish kingdoms. Working at the intersection of history and archaeology, and drawing from anthropology and art history, Effros emphasizes in particular the effects of historical events and intellectual movements on French and German antiquarian and archaeological studies of these grave goods. Her discussion traces the evolution of concepts of nationhood, race, and culture and shows how these concepts helped shape an understanding of the past. Effros then turns to contemporary multidisciplinary methodologies and finds that we are still limited by the types of information that can be readily gleaned from physical and written sources of Merovingian graves. For example, since material evidence found in the graves of elite families and particularly elite men is more plentiful and noteworthy, mortuary goods do not speak as directly to the conditions in which women and the poor lived. The clarity and sophistication with which Effros discusses the methods and results of European archaeology is a compelling demonstration of the impact of nationalist ideologies on a single discipline and of the struggle toward the more pluralistic vision that has developed in the post-war years.

Medieval Christianity

Author: Daniel E. Bornstein
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 1451405766
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The fourth volume in A People's History of Christianity series accents the astounding range of cultural and religious experience within medieval Christianity and the ways in which religious life structured all aspects of the daily lives of ordinary Christians. With ranking scholars from the U.S. and the Continent, this volume explores rituals of birth and death, daily parish life, lay-clerical relations, and relations with Jews and Muslims through a thousand years and many lands. Includes 50 illustrations, maps, and an 8-page color gallery.

Perceiving War And The Military In Early Christian Gaul Ca 400 700 A D

Author: Laury Sarti
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004258051
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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.

Europe S Barbarians Ad 200 600

Author: Edward James
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317868250
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'Barbarians' is the name the Romans gave to those who lived beyond the frontiers of the Roman Empire - the peoples they considered 'uncivilised'. Most of the written sources concerning the barbarians come from the Romans too, and as such, need to be treated with caution. Only archaeology allows us to see beyond Roman prejudices - and yet these records are often as difficult to interpret as historical ones. Expertly guiding the reader through such historiographical complexities, Edward James traces the history of the barbarians from the height of Roman power through to AD 600, by which time they had settled in most parts of imperial territory in Europe. His book is the first to look at all Europe's barbarians: the Picts and the Scots in the far north-west; the Franks, Goths and Slavic-speaking peoples; and relative newcomers such as the Huns and Alans from the Asiatic steppes. How did whole barbarian peoples migrate across Europe? What were their relations with the Romans? And why did they convert to Christianity? Drawing on the latest scholarly research, this book rejects easy generalisations to provide a clear, nuanced and comprehensive account of the barbarians and the tumultuous period they lived through.

Historia Archaeologica

Author: Sebastian Brather
Publisher: De Gruyter
ISBN: 9783110223378
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The 70th birthday of Heiko Steuer, Professor of Pre- and Protohistory at Freiburg University from 1984 to 2005, andfor many years one of the editors of the Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde, has been the occasion for the presentation of this collection of 35 papers. The six sections cover Steuer's research fields: 1. Prehistory, 2. Antiquity, 3. The Early Middle Ages in West and South Europe, 4. The Early Middle Ages in Northern Europe, 5. The High and Late Middle Ages, 6. The history of scholarship and matters of method.

Das Reich Der Vandalen Und Seine Vor Geschichten

Author: Guido M. Berndt
Publisher: Austrian Academy of Sciences
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Archaeological and historical papers on the Vandals, looking at origins, their time in Spain and the establishment and functioning of the Vandal kingdom of North Africa. Essays mainly in German with some in English, French, Spanish and Italian.