The volume consists of sixteen papers on the history of Francia between the seventh and eleventh centuries. Originally published
between 1979 and 2009, the papers are arranged around three interlinking themes: the relationship between History and Hagiography,
the history of Francia under the respective regimes of the Merovingan and Carolingian kings, and the problem of how states
with weak governing institutions were able to exercise power over large areas. The history of Francia has been one of the
most productive areas of early medieval history over the past two generations. Models of European development have been based
on its rich materials and the fact that the polity lasted for half a millennium makes it a prime area for the study of the
dialectic between continuity and change. The papers collected here all have this 'big history' as their background. It is
to be hoped that keying into such questions makes them both accessible and useful for students and teachers alike.