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Politics and Power in Early Medieval Europe
Alsace and the Frankish Realm, 600–1000

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series

  • Date Published: June 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521114486

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  • How exactly did political power operate in early medieval Europe? Taking Alsace as his focus, Hans Hummer offers an intriguing new case study on localised and centralised power and the relationship between the two from c. 600–1000. Providing a panoramic survey of the sources from the region, which include charters, notarial formulas, royal instruments, and Old High German literature, he untangles the networks of monasteries and kin groups which made up the political landscape of Alsace, and shows the significance of monastic control in shaping that landscape. He also investigates this local structure in light of comparative evidence from other regions. He tracks the emergence of the distinctive local order during the seventh century to its eventual decline in the late tenth century in the face of radical monastic reform. Highly original and well balanced, this 2006 work is of interest to all students of medieval political structures.

    • Highly original case study on the development of an early medieval political structure in Alsace
    • Comprehensively explores the breadth of original evidence from the region, from charters to Old High German literature
    • Well-balanced and stimulating argument that fully engages the reader
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    • Date Published: June 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521114486
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus. 8 maps 7 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The late Merovingian order
    2. Conquest and continuity
    3. The Carolingians and ecclesiastical property
    4. Reaction and resistance
    5. The politics of old German
    6. Imperial unity and regional power
    7. The late Carolingian order
    8. The tenth-century transformation
    Conclusions.

  • Author

    Hans J. Hummer, Wayne State University
    Hans J. Hummer is Assistant Professor of History, Wayne State University. He has published articles in a number of journals including Early Medieval Europe, Francia and Deutsches Archiv.

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