The Carolingians: A Family Who Forged Europe

The Carolingians A Family Who Forged Europe Pierre Riche traces the emergence of Europe from the seventh to the early eleventh century the period that witnessed the rise fall and revival of the Carolinian Empire It was during this time the f

  • Title: The Carolingians: A Family Who Forged Europe
  • Author: Pierre Riché Michael Idomir Allen
  • ISBN: 9780812213423
  • Page: 381
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pierre Riche traces the emergence of Europe from the seventh to the early eleventh century, the period that witnessed the rise, fall, and revival of the Carolinian Empire It was during this time the first contours of a broad new civilization and the first visible signs of European unity are discernable.Until the seventh century Europe was simply a geographic term as IsidPierre Riche traces the emergence of Europe from the seventh to the early eleventh century, the period that witnessed the rise, fall, and revival of the Carolinian Empire It was during this time the first contours of a broad new civilization and the first visible signs of European unity are discernable.Until the seventh century Europe was simply a geographic term as Isidore of Seville defined it, Europe was the space that extended from the river Don to Spain and the Atlantic By the ninth century, however, Europe had gradually acquired a collective being with a shared identity The political, cultural, and spiritual activity of laymen and churchmen had fostered the creation of a common European fold, which stretched from the Atlantic to the Vistula, and the plains of the middle Danube.The transformation was due in large part to the Carolinians, their relations, and their allies, who together became the masters of Gaul and then much of the West Riche traces the destiny of the Carolingians and the parallel history of Europe, stressing the roles of the leaders who imposed themselves by force, diplomacy, and culture.

    One thought on “The Carolingians: A Family Who Forged Europe”

    1. Good book to give an overview. But, it's a bit like drinking from a firehose with all the names and places.

    2. The Carolingians is a book about the Carolingians, a Frankish ruling dynasty. Carolingian rulers include Otto I and Charlemagne. This book describes the Carolingians and their impact on European society. It is an invaluable reference for readers wishing to learn about the Carolingians and their role in medieval Europe.

    3. An academic book, but full of great stuff. Riche does not fail to mention the Carolingians' impact on the history of the Christian Church, nor does he overly compartmentalize the various subjects that the Carolingians were involved in (which is all of them!).

    4. A valuable reference. One of the few very readable yet scholarly books on early French history written in English.

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