Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series: State and Society in the Early Middle Ages: The Middle Rhine Valley, 400-1000 Series Number 47

Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series: State and Society in the Early Middle Ages: The Middle Rhine Valley, 400-1000 Series Number 47

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This book, first published in 2000, is a pioneering study of politics and society in the early Middle Ages. Whereas it is widely believed that the source materials for early medieval Europe are too sparse to allow sustained study of the workings of social and political relationships on the ground, this book focuses on a uniquely well-documented area to investigate the basis of power. Topics covered include the foundation of monasteries, their relationship with the laity, and their role as social centres; the significance of urbanism; the control of land, the development of property rights and the organization of states; community, kinship and lordship; justice and dispute settlement; the uses of the written word; violence and the feud; and the development of political structures from the Roman empire to the high Middle Ages.
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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 22mm | 512g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9 Maps
  • 0521027160
  • 9780521027168
  • 1,858,453

Table of contents

List of figures; List of abbreviations; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Monasticism, spiritual patronage and social structure; 3. Land, kinship and status; 4. Local power: collective action, conflict and consensus; 5. Locality and centre: mechanisms of extraction; 6. Political power from the fifth to the eleventh century; 7. Conclusion: state and society in the early medieval west; Bibliography; Index.
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'... what ... makes his work outstanding is his grasp of the big picture, and his preparedness to address and resolve questions of structure and theory. Seldom can a young scholar's first book be greeted with superlatives. This is such a book.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History 'It is highly sophisticated ... Specialists will applaud the treatments of land-holding, charter terminology and its implications, and the letters of Einhard.' Early Medieval Europe "Powerful, extremely important book..." Speculum "This is a mature and rich analysis and an important contribution to our understanding of early medieval society." H E R "Exceptionally resourceful and closely argued, this is a...rewarding attempt to provide a reconstruction of the social connections of political power in the early European Middle Ages...indispensable..." Choice "This is an important book for understanding the latest revisionist scholarsip on the Carolingians...this is a book written with great confidence of style, in accessible, highly readable prose and produced in nearly flawless style - footnotes at the botom of pages, abbreviations at the beginning, and an interesting use of map and genealogical charts on single-page figures to denote kinship and property of selected families traced through the monastic records that Innes uses with such skill - an unusually rich and well-done first book..well worth the price just for its treatment of interesting methodological excellent introduction to the best scholarship in Carolingian history for the undergraduate considering graduate school or the nonmedievalist historian. It is a fine piece of scholarship and a well-produced publiction." Historian "...everyone interested in the Carolingian church should read this book...sustainedly interesting and thought-provoking." The Catholic Historical Review "This is a very good book - well written, well informed, full of subtle analysis, offering an excellent demonstration of how to get the best from early medieval charters...This book is well produced, in customary Cambridge University Press fashion...Matthew Innes makes the most of his sources by close attention to detail, without ever becoming a slave to that detail...this is a stunningly good first book." International History Review
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