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Kingship and Politics in the Late Ninth Century
Charles the Fat and the End of the Carolingian Empire

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series

  • Date Published: December 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521044455

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  • Analyzing the collapse of the pan-European Carolingian Empire in 888 (as seen through the reign of its last ruler, Charles the Fat), this study argues against the generally pessimistic views of the vitality of late ninth-century politics. Its conclusions suggest a new way of looking at the political history of the period, and offer new interpretations of aspects of early medieval kingship, government and historical writing.

    • Focuses on the end of the Carolingian empire or on the reign of its last ruler Charles the Fat
    • Offers an alternative interpretation of the end of the empire, an important event in European history
    • A broad-ranging study which contributes to debates about the nature of early medieval royal power and legitimacy, political structures, and kingship
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "MacLean has presented us with a much-needed and well-crafted reassessment of a period that historians of both earlier and later periods have tended to take for granted. The book will serve well as a teaching text and as a resource to guide further research." American Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521044455
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 8 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps and figures
    List of abbreviations
    Note on names, terminology and citations
    Outline chronology
    1. Introduction
    2. Un-Frankish activities: Charles the Fat in the eyes of contemporary annalists
    3. The men who would be kings: the 'supermagnates' and the 'rise of the aristocracy'
    4. Royal politics and regional power in the late Carolingian empire
    5. The end of the Empire I: politics and ideology at the east Frankish court
    6. The end of the Empire II: response and failure
    7. History, politics and the end of the empire in Notker's Deeds of Charlemagne
    8. Conclusion

  • Author

    Simon MacLean, University of St Andrews, Scotland
    Simon MacLean is Lecturer in History at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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