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East and West in the Early Middle Ages
The Merovingian Kingdoms in Mediterranean Perspective


Stefan Esders, Yitzhak Hen, Jörg Drauschke, Yaniv Fox, Helmut Reimitz, Phillip Wynn, Wolfram Drews, Benjamin Fourlas, Andreas Fischer, Sebastian Scholz, Charles Mériaux, Laury Sarti, Rosamond McKitterick, Galit Noga-Banai, Jamie Kreiner, Ora Limor, David Ganz, Ian Wood, Laurence Nees, Ann Chrystis, Erik Goosmann
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  • Date Published: April 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107187153

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  • From their crystallisation in the late fifth century to their ultimate decline in the eighth, the Merovingian kingdoms were a product of a vibrant Mediterranean society with both a cultural past and a dynamic and ongoing dialogue between the member communities. By bringing together the scholarship of historians, archaeologists, art historians, and manuscript researchers, this volume examines the Merovingian world's Mediterranean connections. The Franks' cultural horizons spanned not only the Latin-speaking world, but also the Byzantine Empire, northern Europe, Sassanid Persia, and, after the seventh century, a quickly ascendant Islamic culture. Traces of a constant movement of people and cultural artefacts through this world are ubiquitous. As simultaneous consumers, adapters, and disseminators of culture, the degree to which the Merovingian kingdoms were thought to engage with their neighbours is re-evaluated as this volume analyses written accounts, archaeological findings and artefacts to provide new perspectives on Merovingian wide-ranging relations.

    • Provides a broad interdisciplinary discussion of the relations between the Merovingian world and its neighbours
    • Utilises a range of methodological and disciplinary approaches featuring new fields of inquiry
    • Energises scholarly debate by adopting a wide view of regional history and presenting the Merovingian world as one part in a larger Mediterranean cultural community
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    • Date Published: April 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107187153
    • length: 374 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.75kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of contributors
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction Stefan Esders and Yitzhak Hen
    Part I. Expanding Political Horizons:
    1. Archaeological perspectives on communication and exchange between the Merovingians and the Eastern Mediterranean Jörg Drauschke
    2. Anxiously looking east: Burgundian foreign policy on the eve of the Reconquest Yaniv Fox
    3. Pax inter utramque gentem: the Merovingians, Byzantium and the history of Frankish identity Helmut Reimitz
    Part II. Patterns of Intensification – the 580s:
    4. Cultural transmission caught in the act: Gregory of Tours and the relics of St Sergius Phillip Wynn
    5. Hermenegild's rebellion and conversion – Merovingian and Byzantine connections Wolfram Drews
    6. Early Byzantine church silver offered for the eternal rest of Framarich and Karilos: evidence of 'the army of heroic men' raised by Tiberius II Constantine? Benjamin Fourlas
    7. Money for nothing? Franks, Byzantines and Lombards in the sixth and seventh century Andreas Fischer
    Part III. The Pope as a Mediterranean Player:
    8. The Papacy and the Frankish Bishops in the sixth century Sebastian Scholz
    9. A one-way ticket to Francia: Constantinople, Rome and northern Gaul in the mid-seventh century Charles Mériaux
    10. The digression on Pope Martin I in the Life of Eligius of Noyon. A testimony to late seventh-century knowledge exchange between East and West? Laury Sarti
    11. Perceptions of Rome and the papacy in late Merovingian Francia: the Cononian recension of the Liber pontificalis Rosamond McKitterick
    Part IV. Religious and Cultural Exchange:
    12. Relocation to the West: the relic of the True Cross in Poitiers Galit Noga-Banai
    13. A generic Mediterranean: hagiography in the early Middle Ages Jamie Kreiner
    14. Defensor of Ligugé's Liber scintillarum and the migration of knowledge Yitzhak Hen
    15. Willibald in the holy places Ora Limor
    Part V. Rethinking the Late Merovingians:
    16. 'Great security prevailed in both East and West': the Merovingian kingdoms and the 6th Ecumenical Council (680/81) Stefan Esders
    17. In the circle of the bishop of Bourges: Bern 611 and late Merovingian culture David Ganz
    18. Contact with the Eastern Mediterranean in the late Merovingian period Ian Wood
    19. 'Merovingian' illuminated manuscripts and their links with the eastern Mediterranean world Laurence Nees
    20. 'Sons of Ishmael, turn back!' Ann Chrystis
    21. Carolingian kingship, apostolic authority and imperial recognition of Pippin the Short's 'Italienpolitik' and the quest for royal legitimacy Erik Goosmann

  • Editors

    Stefan Esders, Freie Universität Berlin
    Stefan Esders is professor of late antique and early medieval history at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. He has published books and articles on the transformation of the late Roman world, on Mediterranean connectivity (sixth–ninth century), on Latin and the vernacular and on legal and social history in the early Middle Ages. He is involved in the critical edition of the Carolingian capitularies for the Monumenta Germaniae Historica (MGH).

    Yaniv Fox, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
    Yaniv Fox is a senior lecturer of late antique and early medieval history at Bar-Ilan University, Israel, and a member of the I-CORE Center for the Study of Conversion and Inter-Religious Encounters. He is the author of Power and Religion in Merovingian Gaul: Columbanian Monasticism and the Frankish Elites (Cambridge, 2014).

    Yitzhak Hen, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Yitzhak Hen is Professor of late antique and early medieval history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Director of the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies. He has published extensively on the religious, social, cultural and intellectual history of the post-Roman Barbarian kingdoms of the early medieval West.

    Laury Sarti, University of Freiburg
    Laury Sarti is a lecturer of medieval history at the University of Freiburg (Germany). She is the author of 'Perceiving War and the Military in Early Christian Gaul (ca. 400–700 A.D.)' and numerous articles on the early medieval military and the interconnectivities between Byzantium and the West featured in the Journal of Medieval History, Early Medieval Europe, and Speculum.


    Stefan Esders, Yitzhak Hen, Jörg Drauschke, Yaniv Fox, Helmut Reimitz, Phillip Wynn, Wolfram Drews, Benjamin Fourlas, Andreas Fischer, Sebastian Scholz, Charles Mériaux, Laury Sarti, Rosamond McKitterick, Galit Noga-Banai, Jamie Kreiner, Ora Limor, David Ganz, Ian Wood, Laurence Nees, Ann Chrystis, Erik Goosmann

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