Oxford Handbook of the Merovingian World

Bonnie Effros (Redaktør) ; Isabel Moreira (Redaktør)

The Merovingian era is one of the best studied yet least well known periods of European history. From the fifth to the eighth centuries, the inhabitants of Gaul (what now comprises France, southern Belgium, Luxembourg, Rhineland Germany, and part of modern Switzerland), a mix of Gallo-Roman inhabitants and Germanic arrivals under the political control of the Merovingian dynasty, sought to preserve, use, and reimagine the political, cultural, and religious power of
ancient Rome while simultaneously forging the beginnings of what would become medieval European culture. Les mer
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The Merovingian era is one of the best studied yet least well known periods of European history. From the fifth to the eighth centuries, the inhabitants of Gaul (what now comprises France, southern Belgium, Luxembourg, Rhineland Germany, and part of modern Switzerland), a mix of Gallo-Roman inhabitants and Germanic arrivals under the political control of the Merovingian dynasty, sought to preserve, use, and reimagine the political, cultural, and religious power of
ancient Rome while simultaneously forging the beginnings of what would become medieval European culture.

The forty-six essays included in this volume highlight why the Merovingian era is at the heart of historical debates about what happened to Western Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire. The essays demonstrate that the inhabitants of the Merovingian kingdoms in these centuries created a culture that was the product of these traditions and achieved a balance between the world they inherited and the imaginative solutions they bequeathed to Europe. The Handbook highlights new perspectives and
scientific approaches that shape our changing view of this extraordinary era by showing that Merovingian Gaul was situated at the crossroads of Europe, connecting the Mediterranean and the British Isles with the Byzantine empire, and it benefited from the global reach of the late Roman Empire. It
tells the story of the Merovingian world through archaeology, bio-archaeology, architecture, hagiographic literature, history, liturgy, visionary literature and eschatology, patristics, numismatics, and material culture.

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Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
List of Contributors
Map of Merovingian Gaul
Merovingian Family Tree

Introduction

1. Pushing the Boundaries of the Merovingian World
Bonnie Effros and Isabel Moreira

PART I MEROVINGIAN HISTORIOGRAPHY AND THE HISTORY OF ARCHAEOLOGY
2. From Gaul to Francia: The Impact of the Merovingians
Paul Fouracre
3. Writing the History of Merovingian Gaul: An Historiographical Survey
Agnes Graceffa
4. Two Centuries of Excavating Merovingian-Era Cemeteries in France
Bonnie Effros

PART II EXPRESSING IDENTITY
5. Transformations of Identities: Barbarians and Romans in the Merovingian Realm
Magali Coumert
6. Migrants and Minorities in Merovingian Gaul
Wolfram Drews
7. Human Remains and What They Can Tell Us about Status and Identity in the Merovingian Period
Andrea Czermak
8. Gender in Merovingian Gaul
Guy Halsall
9. Children's Lives and Deaths in Merovingian Gaul
Emilie Perez

PART III STRUCTURES OF POWER
10. The Merovingian Polity: A Network of Courts and Courtiers
Yitzhak Hen
11. Elite Women in the Merovingian Period
Edward James
12. The Military and Its Role in Merovingian Society
Laury Sarti
13. Corporate Solidarity and Its Limits within the Gallo-Frankish Episcopate
Gregory Halfond
14. Public Health, Hospitals, and Charity
Peregrine Horden
15. Merovingian Monasticism: Voices of Dissent
Albrecht Diem

PART IV MEROVINGIAN GAUL IN A WIDER CONTEXT
16. The Merovingians and Byzantium: Diplomatic, Military, and Religious Issues, 500-700
Stefan Esders
17. The Movement of People and Things between Britain and France in the Late- and Post-Roman Periods
Robin Fleming
18. De gente Scottorum monachi: The Irish in Merovingian Settlement Strategy
Jean-Michel Picard
19. "Alors commenca la France": Merovingian Expansion South of the Loire, 495-510
Ralph W. Mathisen
20. The Merovingians, the Avars, and the Slavs
Matthias Hardt
21. The Merovingians and Italy: Ostrogoths and Early Lombards
Jonathan J. Arnold

PART V MEROVINGIAN WRITTEN CULTURE
22. The History of Historiography in the Merovingian Period
Helmut Reimitz
23. Merovingian Legal Cultures
Alice Rio
24. Merovingian Hagiography
Jamie Kreiner
25. Letters and Communication Networks in Merovingian Gaul
Andrew Gillett
26. Merovingian Epigraphy, Frankish Epigraphy, and the Epigraphy of the Merovingian World.
Mark Handley

PART VI MEROVINGIAN LANDSCAPES
27. The Role of the City in Merovingian

Om forfatteren

Bonnie Effros is the Chaddock Chair of Economic and Social History at the University of Liverpool.

Isabel Moreira is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Utah.